To this day cancer sounds like a death sentence to all of us. Cervical cancer is no different, getting its share of myths and proven facts.
As we delve more into this topic, you’ll also read about HPV, the Human papillomavirus, responsible for up to 99% of all cervical cancers and the most common sexually transmitted virus nowadays. We cannot talk about this type of cancer without mentioning HPV.
So, let’s move forward …
Today we’d like to present you 10 of the biggest cervical cancer myths and find out if they are true or not.
Cervical Cancer Myth 1: Only promiscuous women will get HPV
No need to install a chastity belt just yet, as long as you had AT LEAST one sexual partner, you are bound to have been exposed to HPV already. It’s a very common virus, so common that about 80% of women will have had HPV at some point in time, till they reach 50.
This doesn’t mean you should start becoming reckless with your sex life either, but shouldn’t forgo any intimacy just because you fear getting cancer.
Cervical Cancer Myth 2: Cervical cancer is contagious
We found out that HPV is very contagious and easily transmitted through sexual contact with someone already infected. Fortunately for us cancer in general doesn’t spread from one person to another.
Just imagine that we’d get cervical cancer as easily as we’re being infected with the Human papillomavirus … we’d probably go extinct in few years.
Cervical Cancer Myth 3: I have cancer, I’ll surely die
Cancer is not always a death sentence, especially when detected as soon as possible.
We all know that it’s very difficult to ‘beat’, that still many people die of cancer each day, but it’s curable if your oncologist can detect it in the early stages and you are properly treated.
Cervical Cancer Myth 4: I have HPV, I’ll develop cervical cancer
The HPV infection can cause changes in the cervix that could lead to cervical cancer, but just having HPV doesn’t mean you have or will surely get cervical cancer.
The virus usually goes away on its own, as your immune system fights against it.
In some women, though, the infection persists and can cause abnormal cells to form, which can lead to cervical cancer. If there are any pre-cancerous cell changes, they can be detected and treated, so they don’t turn into cancer.
Cervical Cancer Myth 5: Cervical cancer is hereditary
There are cancers that are passed down from parent to child, such breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Cervical cancer is not hereditary, it’s caused by HPV, so the best way to stay protected is to receive the HPV vaccine (as a kid) and get regular Pap tests, that allow your gynecologist to detect any cervix anomalies, before they turn into cancer.
These are the biggest cervical cancer myths we found, would you like to add any new ones to our list?