“Importance of The Pap Smear Test” written by Dr. Ljiljana Miljkovic-Petkovic and to be published in the upcoming issue of Great Health Guide (June 2016). This article highlights the importance of regular check-ups for women for early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. Read other great health articles on our website. Great Health Guide is a hub of expert-inspired resources empowering busy women to embody health beyond image … purpose beyond measure.
Great Health: Importance of The Pap Smear Test written by Dr. Ljiljana Miljkovic-Petkovic
Having a measure of control over a problem is a nice thing to have. Though cancer is a devastating issue which touches lives the world over every day, it is somewhat comforting to know that, in the case of cervical cancer at least, there are measures you can take to minimise the risk of it impacting on your life. This brings us to the topic of the Pap smear or the Pap test and why it’s so important to make it a regular part of your healthcare regime.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cause of death from cancer in women, making it no trifling matter for the health industry. The only reason it doesn’t rank higher on that list, is thanks to initiatives such as a Pap smear, which can have a huge effect on the survival rates of women who encounter the disease. Cervical cancer affects more than 500,000 people worldwide every year but when caught early the survival rate is very high, which is why Pap smears are so important.
Prevention is better than a cure:
A Pap smear can detect precancerous cells before they develop into anything nastier. This makes them much easier to treat and the survival rate of women who discover cervical cancer in this precancerous stage approaches 100%. The treatment of these early symptoms is much less intense, much less traumatic and far more successful than treatment at a later stage of cancer.
A Quick and Simple test:
Obtaining a Pap smear is not a lengthy, difficult or painful process, taking just minutes out of your day once every two years. Finding the time to make an appointment could be lifesaving. When the procedure is so easy there truly is no good reason not to do so.
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