In this section, you can find information on two of the so-called ‘women cancers’; breast and cervical cancer. These are diseases that can to some extent be prevented or diagnosed early with awareness of one’s body and regular examinations.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer that women may face in their lifetime. It can occur at any age, but it is much more likely to occur after age 40. Women should know general information about breast cancer and how to find it early. When treated in the earliest stage, the chance of successful treatment is great, and thus, proactive prevention and treatment is pivotal in securing continual breast health. In the sections on breast cancer and breast care, you will find important information concerning continual health and cancer treatment.
Cervical cancer is another cancer that affects a great number of women. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer. When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In some women, however, the virus survives for years and eventually converts some cells on the surface of the cervix into cancer cells. Cervical cancer occurs most often in women over age 30. The main tool used prevention and detection of cervical cancer is regular gynegological exams, which is recommended for all women over the age of 21. For more information on HPV and cervical cancer, please see the related sections.