World Cancer Day 2024: Cervical cancer is cancer that develops in the cervix cells of a woman. This is the lower part of the uterus, which connects to the vagina. Some people also know this cancer as cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers are caused by a specific type of HPV, a sexually transmitted infection.
This form of cancer is a serious health problem for women not only in India but globally. But do you know that this cancer can be kept away from us by making some lifestyle changes? Dr. Kalpana Gupta, Senior Consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology, Laparoscopy and Infertility Specialist, Medicover Hospital, Navi Mumbai, tells us about the surefire ways to prevent cervical cancer in women.
Regular screening is necessary
To prevent cervical cancer, all girls and women above 20 years of age should undergo regular screening and vaccination. HPV vaccination protects against cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears can detect any abnormal changes in the cervix early, allowing treatment to begin as soon as possible.
Safe sexual relationship
If you want to avoid HPV and other STDs associated with cervical cancer, have sexual relations with only one partner. Apart from this, use measures like condoms for safe sex.
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are rich in essential vitamins and antioxidants. These strengthen immunity, which is essential to fight infections like HPV.
Do you know that the development of cervical cancer can be prevented by quitting smoking. This also keeps your health good and the chances of getting other cancers also reduces.
Reduce alcohol intake
Consuming too much alcohol increases the risk of cervical cancer, so reduce or avoid alcohol consumption at all. Incorporating these changes into daily routine can reduce the risk of cervical cancer to a great extent.
Keep weight under control
Obesity can increase the risk of cervical cancer along with other health problems. Therefore, keep your weight under control with the help of a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Reduce stress by adopting techniques like yoga and meditation. Prolonged stress weakens the immunity, making the body more sensitive to disease. But activities like yoga and meditation strengthen the immune system.
Women can take care of their reproductive health by getting regular checkups done by the doctor. Besides, it is also important for overall health.
To prevent cervical cancer, adopt a healthy lifestyle by having a balanced diet, regular exercise, and avoiding products like tobacco. Apart from this, get HPV vaccination done for prevention and get LBC screening done after three years.
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