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Stay With Your Partner To Avoid Contracting Cervical Cancer – Midwife Advises

The main cause of cervical cancer is persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common family of viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact.

In 2020, an estimated 604,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 342,000 women died from the disease.

The main cause of cervical cancer is persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common family of viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact. It is believed that every year an estimated number of 2,797 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1,699 die from the disease in Ghana.

Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in women in Ghana after breast cancer.  While cervical cancer is very preventable with primary prevention (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention (screening and treatment of precancerous lesions of the cervix), Ghana has no national HPV vaccination program and less than 3% of eligible women are screened for cervical precancer.

It is believed that many women in Ghana present to health institutions with advanced cervical cancer.
Speaking to Madam Hannah Boatemaa Asante, SMO who is a lead midwife at the Sanford Clinic in Cape Coast in an exclusive interview with Nana Esi Etsiwaah Mensah host of Kastle in the Morning on Kastle 90.3fm, she iterated that, one major cause of cervical is through sexual activity.

According to her, the HPV virus causes cancer which is transmittable from one person to another which means that partners who are not faithful can be the lead transmitter like any other sexually transmitted disease.

She however advised partners to be faithful to each other to avoid this fast-killing cancer which has received little attention from all.

She further mentioned that Cape coast as a metropolis is not exempted from the reported cases of cervical cancer she stressed that, even in their facility within the last year they recorded two or more cases of cervical cancer, adding that, much attention must be given to it.

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