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Learn about the causes, symptoms and how to prevent cervical cancer

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The gynecologist Daisy Maia spoke this Wednesday (9), in an interview with a radio station, about cancer of the cervix.

According to the National Cancer Institute (Inca), cervical cancer is the second most common tumor in women.

Genetics has nothing to do with the emergence of this cancer. The development of this tumor is linked to an infection by the HPV virus.

According to Daisy, the test to diagnose cancer is freely available through the Unified Health System (SUS).

“The diagnosis of cervical cancer is very simple. This is a quick and easy review provided by SUS. In every health post collection of cytology, which we know as Pap smear, is offered,” he said.

When the cancer is in its early stages, it has no symptoms. The doctor highlighted the symptoms of the disease, when it is in an advanced state.

“It is important for a woman to always be attentive to her body. When infected with the virus, the woman feels nothing. If the cancer is at a very advanced stage, the woman may experience foul-smelling vaginal discharge, light spotting in the middle of the menstrual cycle, and spotting after intercourse,” he said.

The women most at risk of developing cervical cancer are those who are infected with HPV, who have multiple sexual partners, who use oral contraceptives for a long time, and those who smoke.

Women are recommended to consult a gynecologist at least once a year and to be screened for cervical cancer from the age of 25.

“If you started your sex life early, this anticipation of screening is indicated,” Daisy concluded.

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