In Malaysia, cervical cancer is the most common among women and is the third most common cancer in women between 15 and 44 years of age. Every year, approximately 2,000 Malaysian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer develops when cells of the cervix grow abnormally and invade other tissues and organ of the body. It affects the deeper tissue of the cervix when the cancer is invasive and may spread to other parts of the body such as lungs, liver, bladder, vagina and rectum.
Women might also get diagnosed to cervical cancer when they are exposed to genital human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV has been identified to be the cause behind 90 percent of cervical cancer. This virus can lead to the conversion of normal cells on the surface of the cervix into cancerous cells. Initially, the cells might only show signs and symptoms of viral infection. The cells may eventually develop precancerous changes which is known as “CIN” (cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia). CIN is the pre-cancer stage which can last for 5 to 10 years before there is actual cancer. This stage can be detected by a simple and inexpensive test called Pap smear. Besides, in complementary with Pap smear, the HPV DNA test can be used to detect the presence of HPV DNA in cervical fluids. Early detection allows for treatment at the pre-cancer stage which usually leads to total cure.
Besides that, there are three types of vaccines, namely Cervarix, Gardasil and Gardasil 9 available in the market which can help prevent HPV infection in young women. Although getting vaccinated before a women starts having intimate relationship with a male partner can give the women almost 100 percent protection from the virus and from cervical cancer, it does not mean that you have to be a virgin to benefit from the vaccine.
Sadly, most women are unaware of the importance for doing Pap Smear and getting HPV vaccination. Besides, some women are not keen to be seen by male doctors. However, women should consult the doctor if they are experiencing symptoms such as:
• Post-menopausal bleeding,
• Post-coital bleeding,
• Abnormal bleeding in between periods,
• Unusual vaginal discharge,
• Pelvic and abdominal pain.
In conjunction with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and with the objective of raising awareness on cervical cancer and the importance of screening. Beacon Hospital would be launching a Beacon Specialist Campaign: Gynae Health Check with a cervical screening package for women who are aged above 20 years old. This specialist promotion package only cost RM150 and includes the following:
1. Gynaecology Specialist consultation
2. Liquid-based (Surepath) Pap smear
3. Pelvic ultrasound scan
Don’t lose the golden opportunity of the 5 to 10 year period when the pre-cancer changes are just starting to occur and can be treated. Once, it has become cancer, it would be more challenging to treat them.
Call us today 03 – 7620 7979 or 011 – 3432 1333 (office hour: Mon to Fri, 9AM – 5PM) for more information and appointment bookings.Back To Menu List