Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – January 2020










January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month; to encourage visiting a doctor in case you or anyone you know is at risk. Cervical cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix – the lower part of the womb. More women in India die from cervical cancer than in any other country. To know more about its symptoms, causes and risk factors; visit: https: //www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cervical-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc- 20352501



Knowing the stage of cervical cancer is the most important factor in choosing the right treatment. As a caregiver, it is important for you to understand the options for your loved one and obtain appropriate medical advice. It also helps the doctor to discuss the patient's prognosis, and chances of recovery with you. To know more about treatment options for different stages of Cervical Cancer; visit: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/treating/by-stage.html#written_by



Treatment can lead to several side effects and changes in lifestyle of the patient. Caregivers can provide physical, practical, and emotional support to loved ones. To know more about coping with physical, social, emotional and financial effects of cancer and its treatment; visit: https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/cervical-cancer/coping-with-treatment



After being diagnosed with Cervical Cancer, a loved one may experience a range of emotions at different stages and triggers. An understanding of these enables caregivers become more effective and help discuss them to provide better care. To explore different feelings one may feel and possible triggers; visit: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/information/living-with-cervical-cancer/mental-health



Many of the treatments for cervical cancer can have a permanent impact on the reproductive system. Often patients and family are concerned about fertility. It is important for families to learn about potential side effects of treatment on the reproductive system. To learn about managing potential fertility concerns, visit: https://www.curetoday.com/articles/coping-with-cervical-cancer-and-reproductive-concerns



Screening helps identify cancer or abnormalities that may become cancerous before symptoms or signs are evident. It is equally important to be aware of ways to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer. To read more about prevention and screening, visit: https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/cervical- cancer/screening-and-prevention



Cervical cancer is preventable but is still one of the most common types of cancer affecting women in India. Spreading awareness of vaccines to prevent cervical cancer is essential. To know more about vaccination in India for cervical cancer, visit: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/11/02/6-facts-about-getting-the-cervical-cancer-vaccine- that-every-ind_a_21596888/

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