Maybe we need a Cervical Cancer Awareness Month …
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India. Cervical cancer has been found to be the second-most common. It’s been reported that 122,000 cases of the cancer come around annually. Unfortunately, a large amount of those cases end in death. That number comes to around 67,500 deaths per year. That’s over half of the cases — about 55%. About 11.1% of the Indian women population dies from cancer.
The women it affects the most in India are women as young as 15 to about the age of 44. Unfortunately, too, this could be prevented. Early prevention can be a success if you’re screened and perhaps vaccinated for cervical cancer. However, only about 3.1% of India’s population gets screened when they ought to. A vast majority of women are susceptible to this disease because of it.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cervix. This is the lowermost part of the uterus. Most of the time, there are no symptoms. In some cases, there may be irregular bleeding or pain. You can prevent the disease by getting a PAP test, or and a HPV vaccine. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.
Why is this not being taken care of seriouly?
While in the U.S. and Europe, cervical cancer is taken more seriously, it’s not in India. There is an international protocol to get tested for cervical cancer every three years from ages 26-64, but this isn’t something that’s always taken under real consideration. Women often times get compulsorily screened in Western countries. Indians do not.
According to gynecologist Sharda Jain, “Unfortunately in India it’s not seen as a priority by the government – although one-fourth of cervical cancer deaths occur in India.”
Indian women may have to take it into their own hands to remember to get screened every three years. Otherwise, they face a much higher risk of developing the cancer, and having it completely inhibit their lives.
If you have not been screened recently, please consider doing so. It’s only best to keep as close an eye on your health as humanly possible.