Cervical Cancer Annotated Bibliography
The disease that I decided to select would be cervical cancer. The reason I made this selection is
because my grandmother passed away from this disease, and I want to educate myself on how is it
developed and what could we have done as a family to change things if possible.
Cervical Cancer starts when healthy cells in the cervix develop changes in their DNA. These cells
began to multiply out of control and do not die as typical cells do.
Although it is not clear what causes cervical cancer, researchers are certain that HPV plays a role in this
disease. The abnormal cells form a mass on the cervix and thereafter are considered a tumor. The cancer
cells invade nearby tissue and break away from the tumor which causes it to spread through the body.
In the beginning stages of cervical cancer, there are typically no signs or symptoms. However, as time
passes it progresses and the symptoms can include vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between, or after
the menstrual cycle. Further, watery bloody vaginal discharge may be heavy and have a foul odor. You
can also experience pelvic pain or pain during sex. Getting a routine PAP test can help detect early
cervical cancer if any.
Although there are no direct treatments for cervical cancer, there are things to help prevent it. First, you
can seek your doctor for the HPV vaccine, this can reduce the risk of the disease and other HPV cancers.
Next, have a routine pap test that can detect precancerous conditions of your cervix. Further, practice safe
sex to prevent the possibility of an STD.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, June 17). Cervical cancer. Mayo Clinic.
Retrieved January 7, 2022, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cervicalcancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20352501