cervical cancer

  • All about cervical cancer [infographic]

    Cancer

    Posted on 10 October 2019

    Cervical cancer is the second-most-common cancer among South African women. How does it develop? Are you in danger? How can doctors help manage your risk? Here, we answer these and

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  • HPV vaccination: Your second best defence

    Cancer

    Posted on 6 March 2019

    HPV is the virus that causes cervical cancer – the second most prevalent cancer among women after breast cancer. Over 99% of all cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection of high-risk types of HPV. We chat to two Mediclinic experts about who should be vaccinated, when and why.

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  • Cervical cancer: Risks, preventative measures, and treatment by stages

    Cancer

    Posted on 11 September 2018

    Cervical cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer affecting SA women. Yet too many women have questions: what is your risk, how does it develop, and how is it treated? Mediclinic pathologist Dr Izak Loftus explains.

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  • HPV symptoms and effects may differ between men and women

    Cancer

    Posted on 8 August 2018

    The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in South Africa, with roughly 80% of sexually active people infected with a strain of HPV at

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  • Should you be screened for cervical cancer?

    Cancer

    Posted on 30 August 2017

    The cervix is a key component in menstruation and childbirth. Situated at the lower end of the uterus, it acts as a passageway to the vagina. And while changes in cervical cells over time are commonplace, some abnormalities can in fact be precursors to cancer.

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  • ‘I beat cervical cancer’

    Cancer

    Posted on 10 August 2017

    Women are constantly reminded to go for regular pap smears, but may feel uncomfortable going for their check-ups. Norma Kiego put hers off because the results always came back normal and she had only ever had one partner. Then one day she started bleeding heavily and fainted at work.

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  • HPV vaccine pros and cons

    Cancer

    Posted on 10 April 2017

    The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted sexually. A vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection. Here’s what you should know before getting the HPV vaccine.

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  • Saved by the test

    Routine tests

    Posted on 18 August 2015

    When Nicole Jacobs* went for her annual Pap smear, she was taken by surprise. Fairly aggressive cancerous cells were found in her cervix, but since it was detected early she was able to receive prompt and successful treatment.

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  • Beating cervical cancer

    Cancer

    Posted on 2 June 2015

    New strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer mean that it can be beaten. Here, a survivor tells her story and we look at the potential of the HPV vaccine.

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  • Your check-up – Pap smear

    Routine tests

    Posted on 24 January 2013

    Some routine check-ups are essential. Here’s what you need to know about a Pap smear.

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