In this piece of content, you’ll get to know about the best cervical cancer prevention tips that are suggested by the Oncology experts.
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Things to do to prevent Cervical cancer
Limit Sex Partners Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV infection, which is spread through sexual activity. If you want to reduce the risk of acquiring HPV, you should limit the partners you casually have sex with. The more the sexual exposure, the greater the chances of getting infected with HPV.
Using Condoms Condoms help to lower the risk of developing HPV- related diseases like cervical cancer. Use latex condoms every time you engage yourself in any kind of sexual activity. This way, you protect yourself from HPV infection and potentially cervical cancer. However, condoms may not protect you from acquiring the virus. You may get infected from areas which are not coverable by mechanical protection.
Get A HPV Vaccine Vaccines are available that can protect young people against certain HPV infections. The following are some recommendations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): – Girls of 11 or 12 years old – Women of 13-26 years old who didn’t receive a vaccine and never had cervical cancer in the past – Boys above 11 years old and men of 13-21 years old who didn’t receive a vaccine in the past – Bisexual men, men who have sex with men, transgender individuals, and immunocompromised persons
Do Pap Tests Women should have a Pap test that can detect changes in cells that can lead to cervical cancer. At least once every three years, beginning at age 21, all women should get tested. Turning 30, doctors recommend a pap test every five years, provided that you are HPV negative. Also, women should follow up on any abnormal test result by repeating the tests in a reasonable time interval.
Healthy Diet Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. A healthy and balanced lifestyle, including diet and physical activity, are protective against not only cervical cancer but many other types of cancers. We recommend you try and adopt healthy eating habits and start a regular, weekly exercise.
Quit Smoking Smoking cigarettes doubles your risk of developing cervical cancer. Tobacco chemicals are damaging the DNA of the cells of the cervix. DNA damage may lead to mutations that could contribute to potential cervical cancer.