Cervical Cancer Prevention in Ghana

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts, even if it spreads to other body parts later.

When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. The cervix connects the vagina (the birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus. The uterus (or womb) is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Early on, cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms. Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding after sex. If you have any of these signs, see your doctor. They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor.

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Cervical Cancer in Ghana

The cervical cancer death rate in Ghana is very high. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of developing cervical cancer by knowing the risk factors for cervical cancer and limitings your risks.

The Truth About Cervical Cancer

Most women who engage in sexual activity will be exposed to HPV during there lifetime, even women who have had only one sexual partner. All Ghanaian women should get a cervical cancer screening ever three years starting at the age of 25.

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