Monday, 15 February 2016

Go for regular checkup against cervical cancer - Akabuike

Two hundred and seventy-five thousand women die annually of cervical cancer.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, who disclosed this in Awka, said over ninety per cent of the victims are from developing countries like Nigeria where twenty-six women die of cervical cancer everybody.

Dr. Akabuike who said the disease is caused by a sexually transmitted virus, identified the risk factors to include having multiple sex partners, teenage pregnancy, immune suppression, intake of diets low in fruits and vegetables, poor genital hygiene and cigarette smoking, among others.
He urged women to go for cervical screening at least once in three years and stressed the need for girls to get vaccinated before becoming sexually active.
Dr. Akabuike identified abnormally vaginal bleeding, bleeding after sexual intercourse among others as some of the symptoms of cervical cancer, saying that its cure lies in prevention and early detection.

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