Dr. MaiyshaClairborne Urges Women to Take Steps Towards HPV Prevention
Expert Highlights Preventative Measure with January Being Cervical Health Awareness Month.
- (1888PressRelease) January 24, 2012 - Health and wellness expert Dr. MaiyshaClairborne ( http://www.mbswellness.org) stepped to the forefront today to discuss an important issue with the female population of the American public. With January being National Cervical Health Awareness month she urges women to take preventative measures that are 1-2-3 easy. Cervical cancer is one of the more common cancers occurring in women, and simple screening can for HPV and abnormal cells can help avoid such a preventable tragedy.
"Many women do not realize the importance of annual Pap Smears and HPV testing. Furthermore, many women are confused about whether they should the HPV vaccine." states Health & Wellness expert Dr. MaiyshaClairborne, "Though most doctors are explaining the importance of how these simple measures can save your life, many patients still assume it is a routine procedure that they can go without. Also, young women may not know what age they should begin to worry about these things, and most never ask."
Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 die as a result. The true tragedy of the disease is that cervical cancer screening tests and vaccines exist that can prevent virtually every case. Cancer of the cervix tends to occur during midlife. Half of the women diagnosed with the disease are between 35 and 55 years of age. It rarely affects women under age 20, and approximately 20 percent of diagnoses are made in women older than 65.
Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Cancer include:
Abnormal bleeding, such as:
• Bleeding between regular menstrual periods
• Bleeding after sexual intercourse
• Bleeding after douching
• Bleeding after a pelvic exam
Other symptoms include
• Pelvic pain not related to your menstrual cycle
• Heavy or unusual discharge that may be watery, thick, and possibly have a foul odor
• Increased pain or frequency with urination
• Painful intercourse
"It is extremely important for women over the age of 21 to get regular pap smears. Undetected HPV can lead to cancer over the years, and missing such a preventable diagnosis is a true tragedy especially with the tools and screening available,"continuesDr. Clairborne.
For more information on cervical cancer prevention, early detection and where to obtain a pap smear within your local area please visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition athttp://www.nccc-online.org/ or read more about Dr. MaiyshaClairborne's advice at http://www.mbswellness.org.