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Breast Cancer And Cervical Cancer

Cancer is one of the major health problems that the world encounters today. Although there are treatments that are available to weaken and to further eliminate the cancer cells in the body, there is still no cure for the said disease. Cancer can affect the lungs, colon, the breasts and other parts of the body. It chooses no age and no gender. In women, most common known cancer is cancer of the breast cancer and cervical cancer. But how do we face this health challenge and how can we get through this?

Opposite to what is mostly known, cancer is not always the lump that speaks itself loudly and proclaims its domination in a particular part of the body. Some types of cancer remain passive and almost show no symptoms until it is on the severe stage or when it is already difficult to be treated and among them is breast cancer and cervical cancer.

Treatment for cancer can differ from surgery, hormone therapy, radiation or chemotherapy.

Breast cancer is one of the health challenges that women faces. It is recommended to have self examinations each month to determine if there are any abnormal lumps on the breast.

There are various types of breast cancer and this can be invasive or not. Invasive ductal carcinoma, or IDC, accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers while invasive lobular carcinoma, or ILC, accounts for about 10%-15% of all breast cancers. A serious type and very aggressive kind of breast cancer is the inflammatory breast cancer. Although it affects only 1% to 5% of the cancer of the breasts in the U.S., this condition is often silent and not found in an average mammogram.

Another type of cancer that kills women is cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV or the human papilloma virus. Symptoms can vary from abnormal discharge to vaginal bleeding. However, there are instances that it may not cause any pain until in the advanced stages.

In order to monitor breast cancer and cervical cancer, it is important that a woman visits her doctor regularly. When a woman reaches the age of 40, she should be subject to annual mammogram. Cervical cancer on the other hand can have preventive measures such as taking HPV vaccines and having pap smear.

Breast cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths, and among women worldwide, breast cancer is the first most common cause of cancer related deaths. Cervical cancer on the otherhand can be prevented early if a woman has enough knowledge of its prevention.

Using this knowledge on hand, you are made aware of the danger that breast cancer and cervical cancer can pose not only to your health but to your life. Make your move now and take preventive measures by visiting your doctor regularly.

By: riza belgira

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