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Here are 10 Things You Need to Know About HPV + Cervical Cancer

  1. HPV is Common - at any point in time there are 79 million people in the US with HPV
  2. There are different types of HPV  - and they have various symptoms and are linked to different cancers.
  3. Vaccination - HPV vaccines can help prevent infection
  4. Transmission - HPV is passed on through genital-to genital and genital-to-anal contact (even without penetration). It can also be passed by oral to genital.
  5. Testing - A Pap test can find cell changes to the cervix caused by HPV. HPV tests find the virus and help determine which women are at highest risk for cervical cancer.
  6. Treatment - There is no treatment for the virus itself, but there are many options to treat the diseases caused by HPV
  7. Relationships - It can take weeks, months, or years after exposure to HPV before symptoms show or the virus is detected, so it is nearly impossible to determine when or from whom the virus may have been contracted
  8. Pregnancy - Pregnant women with HPV almost always have natural delivers and healthy babies
  9. Your Emotions - It can be upsetting when first diagnosed, but remember, it is common.
  10. Finding Support - The American Sexual Health Association and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have online support communities at Inspire.com

For more information visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

Have you or someone you know been affected by HPV + Cervical Cancer?  The National Cervical Cancer Coalition has a Free ebook with inspirational stories from survivors and supporters. Download here

What are the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer?

Women with early cervical cancers and pre-cancers usually have no symptoms. Symptoms often do not begin until the cancer becomes invasive and grows into nearby tissue. When this happens, the most common symptoms are:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as bleeding after vaginal sex, bleeding after menopause, bleeding and spotting between periods, and having (menstrual) periods that are longer or heavier than usual. Bleeding after douching or after a pelvic exam may also occur.
  • An unusual discharge from the vagina. The discharge may contain some blood and may occur between your periods or after menopause.
  • Pain during sex.

Source: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/detailedguide/cervical-cancer-signs-symptoms

These signs and symptoms can also be caused by conditions other than cervical cancer. For example, an infection can cause pain or bleeding. Still, if you have any of these symptoms, see us right away. Ignoring symptoms may allow the cancer to grow to a more advanced stage and lower your chance for effective treatment.

Even better, don't wait for symptoms to appear. Have regular Pap tests and pelvic exams.

Giving Back this January - The Broken Bus Ministry

This month give back by donating hats, gloves, scarves, socks for the homeless in Cincinnati.  The Broken Bus Ministry provides food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless throughout the Cincinnati area. By embracing Mother Teresa's philosophy of small things done with great love with change the world, they give to others. Read about their stories on their Facebook page at The Broken Bus Ministry.

“The Broken Bus Ministry, started by Greg and Michele Bailes, is a vehicle that faith drives. Aided by their two children, some close friends and volunteers from several area churches, schools and service organizations, the Bailes crew sets out from Liberty Township each weekend for a three-hour tour through some of the area’s most impoverished neighborhoods. They go to people in need, and give them clothing and food.

The Broken Bus Ministry also gives hope to broken lives, dreams and circumstances. Those who live on the streets rarely plan for that existence. A lost job, a disabling injury, unpaid medical bills, some bad choices, or a few toxic relationships pave the way for a life of wandering in the shadows.” To read more click here.

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