There are lots of myths and misconceptions surrounding cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the many types of these diseases. The strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) are one of the primary causes of cervical cancer – which can be acquired through having sexual or physical contact with someone who has the virus.
Chemotherapy, surgery and brachytherapy in Singapore are many forms of treatment for cervical cancer patients. However, misconceptions and myths can cause confusion about how to treat or prevent cervical cancer. Here are common myths and misconceptions about cervical cancer:
There’s no need for HPV tests and vaccines if you don’t have multiple partners.
HPV is quite common than you think, and a large portion of people can be infected with HPV, even without intercourse activity. HPV can also spread through close skin-to-skin contact during sex. Getting HPV tests and vaccination can help prevent cervical cancer. It’s better to prevent the disease than to look for costly cervical cancer treatment in Singapore.
If you have HPV, you will develop cervical cancer.
Not all women with HPV will end up developing cervical cancer. There are hundreds of HPV strains, and some can cause or trigger cervical cancer, and some may not. Our body has the ability to clear the virus. But sometimes these strains can cause cell mutation in the cervix – this is why some women with HPV end up looking for cervical cancer treatment in Singapore.
Cervical cancer is hereditary.
While ovarian and breast cancer is hereditary, cervical cancer is not as it is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). As we said before, you can minimise your risk for cervical cancer with the HPV vaccine and get regular tests for early detection. If you are too old for an HPV vaccine, consider getting a pap test.
If you are looking for cervical or breast cancer treatment in Singapore, visit Dr Johann Tang for cancer treatment services.