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Why Cervical Cancer Screening is Important for Women

Why Cervical Cancer Screening is Important for Women

Cervical cancer mainly  caused by Human Papilloma Virus(HPV) , is one of the leading cancers in women. It originates in the cervix which is the lowest part of the womb. The cervix connects the body of the uterus to the vagina. Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer in women in India accounting for 23% of all cancers in the women. What are the common signs of Cervical Cancer and When should you consult?
  • Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
  • Unusual or excessive discharge with foul smell
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
Is Cervical Cancer Preventable? Cervical Cancer is preventable , as it has a well defined long pre-malignant phase which can be detected by regular pro-active follow up and  hence subsequently prevented/cured. Screening for Cervical Cancer There are three major types of modalities for cervical cancer screening
  • Cytology (also known as PAP Smear)
  • Co-testing (combination of HPV testing and Cytology)
There are three types of cytology testing:
  • Conventional PAP Smear
  • Liquid Based Cytology  (LBC)
Of the two, Liquid Based Cytology is superior to conventional PAP Smear Benefits of Testing:
  • Reduces anxiety in the patient and gives them confidence in cervical screening.
  • Reliable and actionable results facilitate timely treatment
  • Standardized sample collection, no wastage, 100% sample collected is sent to the laboratory
  • One sample will enable several tests.
  • Better patient  management with reliable reports.

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