Cervical Cancer

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Cervical Cancer; Deadly disease among women

Gloria Pearson



Marla Muse

Did you know, according to the (NY Times Health) that approximately 529,000 women were diagnosis with cervical cancer in 2008, sadly to say that 275,000 of those women died from this disease? A young woman named Annie was included in that number. As stated in the (Journal Community Health, 2011), cervical cancer does not only affect women, it is a public health concern worldwide. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death among women globally. It is also the most common cancer among women, and breast cancer is number one. Even though there are controlled and uncontrolled risk factors, it is a deadly disease. Cervical cancer is highly preventable if the abnormal cells are detected early. Women are urged to have a yearly screening which includes a test called Pap smear. Most women fail to have this test done, putting themselves in danger of developing this disease. Women must be aware that cervical cancer is a deadly disease; however, their lives can be saved with prevention, early detection, and treatments.

Cervical cancer forms in the tissue of the cervix, in the female reproduction system. Cancer forms when the cells of the cervix become abnormal, but all abnormal cells are not cancerous. Those cells that continue to grow out of control, forming new abnormal cells that invade other tissue are cancerous. According to the (Cancer Treatment Center of American), there are two main types of cervical cancer that accounts for the highest percentage of the disease. They are the Squamous Cell Carcinomas (80-90%) and Adenocarcinomas (10-20%).

The (Cancer Treatment Center of American), states that the leading risk factor of cervical cancer is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a group of more than 150 related viruses, certain types of which can cause cancer, but fortunately, all women do not develop cervical cancer that has...