AUSTIN (KXAN) — The American Cancer Society says 12,00zero new instances of invasive cervical cancer are recognized annually. Dr. Yvette Williams-Brown from Seton Medical Center joins KXAN to speak about how early detection can help ladies battle the illness.
Dr. Williams-Brown says whereas 12,00zero is a big quantity, it is very important observe that cervical pre-cancers are recognized much more typically than invasive cervical cancer because of the Pap Smear check that screens for cancerous cells on the cervix.This check can discover modifications within the cervix earlier than cancer develops and within the early levels of the cancer.
With ladies older than 20 years previous making up the bulk of cervical cancer instances, Dr. Williams-Brown says that ladies at any age after 20 ought to be acutely aware of their well being.
Cervical cancer, in contrast to different varieties of cancers, can be troublesome for an individual to detect on their very own as a result of there are sometimes no signs related to it though typically some ladies might expertise irregular bleeding, vaginal ache and irregular discharge. Dr. Williams-Brown says one of the simplest ways to know is to get a Pap Smear check.
If abnormalities are detected within the check outcome, it’s adopted by a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) screening. The HPV screening is almost twice as efficient because the Pap Smear check in detecting early cervical cancer.