Cervical Cancer is preventable
Cervical Cancer Specialist at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe, Dr. Maxwell Chikuni has said it was very important that women should know their cancer status.
He said this Tuesday in Lilongwe in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) that cancer of the cervix could be cured in its early stages (through surgery), that’s why it was important that women should go to the hospital for check-ups even if their no signs and symptoms.
“It is dangerous to someone who does not know their status, they may present late to the hospital when the cancer is at an advanced stage and it may not be cured at that stage.
“Cervical cancer can be prevented there is human papilloma virus vaccine for girls aged between 9 to 14 years,” Chikuni said.
He added that bleeding was one of the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer, bleeding after having sexual intercourse (post-coital bleeding), bleeding for women who have gone past their menopause, bleeding in between menses (intermenstrual bleeding).
A Doctor at Bwaila Hospital, Ennet Chipingu said that when women find out that they feel pain in the vaginal during sexual intercourse and pelvic pain they should go for a checkup
“If women notice Abnormal vaginal discharge (which can foul-smelling) they should rush to the hospital, they can be treated at government hospitals in free charged,” she said.
One of survival of Cervical Cancer, Alefa Phiri based in Lilongwe said she experienced that my menstruation period was continuous and after having sex was breeding blood.
She said “I went to KCH, the doctors confirm that it was cervical cancer but it was in early-stage, the fix a day and I went for surgery.
Phiri encouraged other women out there to go for check-ups every time they see signs at their nearest hospitals.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Adrian Chikumbe said as the Ministry they are encouraging women and girls to go to the nearest hospitals in their communities to do a checkup regularly even if they don’t see the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.
“It is very important to know the early stage of the disease so that it should be treated fast to avoid some damages that may occur in women due to the disease, so we are encouraging women and girls to do regular checkups,” he said.
Chikumbe advised young girls to avoid having sexual relationships at an early stage in order to prevent early pregnancy that can lead to cervical cancer.