Cancer in Women Is More Curable than In Men
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World. It’s a different matter altogether that more and more men are participating in the rocking of the cradle these days! Nevertheless, the statement justifies the role that women play in society.
Love, care, compassion and selfless service are synonymous with women, and valid through all the varied roles that they play – right from the sweet little girl to a bubbly teenager, loving and supporting wife to caring mother, and the praying and blessing grandmother.
It was Mahatma Gandhi who once said, “Man can never be a women’s equal in the spirit of selfless service”.
Besides being the more admirable part of creation, God has also been partial to women in one more way. Compared to men most cancers in women are curable. Cancer of the breast, cervix, uterus, ovary and Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia (GTN) are the common cancers in women, and are very often cured.
God has probably showered this gift on women because he knows women are indispensable!
Also, cancers in women cause early symptoms and signs, and hence are prone to be detectable and diagnosed early. The diagnostic procedures are very simple, minimally invasive, easily accessible and affordable.
Early symptoms of cancer (Ca)
- Ca. Cervix – White or red discharge, inter-menstrual spotting / bleeding, post coital bleeding.
- Ca. Uterus – Post menopausal bleeding or spotting, inter menstrual bleeding or spotting.
- Ca. Breast – Lump in the breast, bleeding from the nipple, change in colour of the breast, retraction of nipple etc.
- Ca. Ovary – Lower abdominal distention, persistent pain in the abdomen.
- G.T.N. – Post abortion persistent bleeding, post delivery persistent bleeding, grape-like bleeding in young women.
- Breast self examination – Look for change in shape, colour, bleeding from nipple, lump in breast or arm pit.
- Bilateral Mammogram.
- Ultrasonography – of the abdomen for uterus, cervix and ovary.
- Pap smear – a five min outpatient non-invasive procedure to detect early Cervical Cancer.
Treatment in early stage cancer is almost always curable
- Ca. Cervix – either removal of uterus and cervix or radiotherapy.
- Ca. Uterus – Removal of uterus (Hysterectomy) followed by +/- radiotherapy.
- Ca. Breast – Removal of the lump and axillary nodes followed by +/- chemo or hormonal therapy, or radiotherapy.
- Ca. Ovary – Removal of the ovaries and uterus followed by +/- chemotherapy.
- G.T.N. – Dilatation and Curretage followed by +/- chemotherapy.
Tips for cancer prevention in women
- Regular physical exercise.
- Avoid fatty food, alcohol and tobacco.
- Avoid obesity.
- Marriage at the right age (20-25 yrs)
- Early first pregnancy (22-28 yrs)
- Avoid long term use of hormones
- Limit the number of children to 2 or 3
- Avoid multiple sexual partners
- Maintain good vaginal hygiene
- Get vaccinated – HPV vaccine prevents cancer of cervix up to 90%.