[DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA] – In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month this January, Dr. Sigcu from the Vitalab Durban office is spearheading efforts to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention in women. Dr. Sigcu, a passionate advocate for cancer prevention, has emphasized the significance of early detection in the fight against cervical cancer.

According to Dr. Sigcu, routine screening for Cervical cancer play a pivotal role in early detection and prevention. This is done particularly through Pap smears and HPV virus testing. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is known to be a leading cause of cervical cancer and genital warts . HPV is transmitted mainly sexually or it can be spread through close skin-to-skin contact. Though extremely rare HPV may spread through surface to skin hence good hygiene should be practiced at all time .

Positive Result Insights:

Addressing concerns surrounding a positive HPV test result, Dr. Sigcu assures that the majority of cases resolve within a year as the immune system effectively combats the virus. Only a small fraction progresses to cancer, with cervical cancer being the most common outcome.

Symptoms:

Although visible symptoms of HPV include genital warts, numerous infections are asymptomatic, emphasising the necessity of routine screenings.

Cervical Cancer Development:

Dr. Sigcu underscores the critical nature of screening for HPV, explaining, “Cervical cancer develops slowly, but if left undetected, it can spread to other body parts. Infection with certain HPV strains is associated with the development of cancerous cells in the cervix.”

Prevention and Treatment:

Efforts to prevent HPV-related cervical cancer involve a multifaceted approach, including regular screenings, vaccination, and early intervention. The HPV vaccine, administered before exposure and to the those who are HPV naive, provides protection against high-risk HPV types.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Dr. Sigcu emphasizes that while a positive HPV test result may be unsettling, understanding preventive measures, such as vaccinations and screenings, is essential. Timely intervention and staying informed about sexual health are crucial steps in reducing the risk of cervical cancer.

For more information on cervical cancer prevention or to schedule a screening, please contact us.