Story By: Rahamatu-Lahi Zakaria || Sanatu Zambang
One cancer that can be detected, treated, or prevented by getting vaccinated is cervical cancer but each year, the world loses thousands of women to this cancer. Sanatu Zambang on the 13th of February, 2021, hosted Madam Inocencia, personnel at Marie Stopes International Ghana to discuss the issues pertaining to cervical cancer and how we can prevent women from dying of cervix cancer.
In her submissions during the discussion, she did mention that cervical cancer is one of the cancers that can be prevented if people take responsibility for their actions, for instance, having protected sex when you are not married since there is a high chance of getting it through unprotected sex.
Cervical cancer is the type that occurs in the cells of the cervix. The various strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer.
Some of the symptoms include bleeding after intercourse, pain during sex, bleeding after menopause, persistent pelvic/back pain, vaginal discharge, and foul-smelling from the vagina. According to her, all these symptoms do not mean one has cancer.
To be certain if one has cancer, a test needs to be conducted and Marie Stopes runs the test at a lower cost across all their facilities in the country. Cervical cancer can be treated using medications, chemotherapy, or radiation. But radiation is extreme and it is only used when the other two fail.