Cervical Cancer; Are you at risk?
I’m always looking for ways to encourage, inspire or to just get people to take taking care of their bodies and therefore their health, more seriously. I recently came upon an article about cervical cancer and wanted to share.
Real talk. I’m sure you have heard of it before, but do you know how prevalent and fatal it is for women? According to cancer.net, an estimated 12,820 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. It is estimated that 4,210 women will die from this disease. Does that sound like a lot to you? Because these numbers are incredibly worrisome! Lets learn more about it and how we can protect ourselves and even help to prevent it.
What Makes cervical cancer so deadly?
Cervical cancer is a malignant tumour (an overgrowth of cells) that starts in the cells of the cervix. Malignant means that it can spread to other parts of the body. That basically means once you get cervical cancer, it has a very good chance of spreading. It tends to occur midlife, and rarely occurs to women in their 20’s. Thanks to the invention of the pap test, cervical cancer is easily screened and when diagnosed early on, the survival rate increases drastically. So ladies, don’t skip your yearly paps! They can literally save your life.
What can I do to help prevent cervical cancer?
Remember that article I referred to earlier? Well it stated that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? What’s more, you only need a minimum of thirty minutes a week! Did you hear that? Thirty minutes per week! So that is like, 5 minutes a day for seven days or 15 minutes for two days or 10 minutes for 3 days. However you want to break it up, thirty minutes in a week is more than attainable!
A group of doctors did a US-based study looking at the associations between physical inactivity and cervical cancer. What they discovered was that a women who didn’t do any form of physical activity were 2.43 times more likely to get cervical cancer. Did you hear that? 2.43 times more likely!
In addition to exercise, making healthy choices like not smoking, eating lots of vegetables and nutrient dense foods, laughing a lot and of course your yearly pap test, you hopefully will never have to worry about a cervical cancer diagnosis.
Awareness is a HUGE part of cancer prevention, so please go and share this information with all the women you love in your life!