The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects it to the vagina. Cervical cancer develops slowly, usually taking several years. This provides an opportunity for finding and treating pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
In its early stages, cervical cancer rarely has symptoms. Symptoms usually develop in more advanced disease, which include irregular vaginal bleeding or discharge, or pain during sex.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent cervical cancer. The most important ones are getting the HPV vaccine early and having regular screening tests.
You can also prevent cervical cancer by:
For more tips on how to prevent cervical cancer, read “Cervical Cancer: How to lower your risk”.
Consult your doctor for more information on cervical cancer prevention and screening. Get the HPV vaccine at the participating Watsons branch near you.
Reference: https://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/understanding-cervical-cancer-prevention. Accessed 17 March 2022
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