Does X really mean LOVE?
Ever since I became a mom, I vowed to love of myself more so I can take care of my young family well. One day in August of 2011, I remember signing up for the Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine Program that my previous company initiated for their female employees.
I remember getting 2 more shots of the Anti-HPV Vaccine after the first then, a month later for the second dose, and after 6 months to complete the course.
I’m very happy to have attended Andi Manzano’s Bridal Shower supported by GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, at the Isabela Function Room of Makati Shangri-la last November 5th.
It was a night full of fun and useful information that we must know on Cervical Cancer. I learned that evening that Andi’s mother is fighting Cervical Cancer to this date.
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Andi’s Bridal Shower was hosted by model Kim Jones, who is also actor Jericho Rosales’ fiancee. I was able to speak with Kim after the event and I feel like she’s a very nice and warm person.
There were fun games that night like Andi’s Bridal Bingo, in which I won! 🙂
Like what I’ve told you earlier, Andi’s mom is battling with Cervical Cancer and she openly shared her heart as a daughter, and how she is trying to support her mother in times like this.
Here’s some useful information that you might want to read on Cervical Cancer from WebMd website:
What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated when it’s found early. It is usually found at a very early stage through a Pap test.
What causes cervical cancer?
Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it. There are many types of the HPV virus. Not all types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Some of them cause genital warts, but other types may not cause any symptoms.
You can have HPV for years and not know it. It stays in your body and can lead to cervical cancer years after you were infected. This is why it is important for you to have regular Pap tests. A Pap test can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer. If you treat these cell changes, you may prevent cervical cancer.
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Cervical Cancer Photo courtesy of www.womeningovernment.org
What are the symptoms?
- Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. But you may have symptoms if those cell changes grow into cervical cancer. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
- Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal, or a change in your menstrual cycle that you can’t explain.
- Bleeding when something comes in contact with your cervix, such as during sex or when you put in a diaphragm.
- Pain during sex.
- Vaginal discharge that is tinged with blood.
How is cervical cancer diagnosed?
As part of your regular pelvic exam, you should have a Pap test. During a Pap test, the doctor scrapes a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix to look for cell changes. If a Pap test shows abnormal cell changes, your doctor may do other tests to look for precancerous or cancer cells on your cervix.
Your doctor may also do a Pap test and take a sample of tissue (biopsy) if you have symptoms of cervical cancer, such as bleeding after sex.
How is it treated?
The treatment for most stages of cervical cancer includes:
- Surgery, such as a hysterectomy and removal of pelvic lymph nodes with or without removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Radiation therapy.
You may call it an advocacy but I encourage all my mommy readers to talk to your OB-GYNE and do your own research so you can make an informed decision on getting vaccinated. Cancer still stands to be one of the leading causes of death, not just in the Philippines, but around the world.
If you love yourself and your family, remember X means LOVE. Study and consult your doctor about Cervical Cancer today.