Cervical cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among South African women and usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 to 49. It is, however, a preventable type of cancer.

Prevention and treatment of cervical cancer

Although 1 in 35 women are at risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer, it can be successfully treated if detected early. It can be prevented by going for regular pap smears, getting the HPV vaccination and reducing your number of sexual partners. Cervical cancer is usually treated through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments.

Cervical cancer signs to be aware of

Unusual bleeding

Abnormal vaginal discharge

Pelvic pain

Pain when urinating

Increased need to urinate

Women with cervical cancer are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with vulvar cancer, as they share the same risk factors. Vulvar cancer is, however, usually diagnosed in older women.

How quickly does vulvar cancer grow?

Vulvar cancer usually grows slowly.

What happens if you have vulvar cancer?

Vulvar cancer affects the external genital area, which will most commonly be the outer lips of the vagina. A lump, itching or bleeding are symptoms of vulvar cancer.

Is vulvar cancer terminal?

Recent studies have shown that 71% of women live at least five years after being diagnosed. Survival rates will, however, depend on the stage of vulvar cancer and other factors such as the type of vulvar cancer that has been diagnosed.

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