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|Bleeding After Sex Could Be An Early Sign Of Cervical Cancer-prof. Isaac Adewole by Whatshappening: 2:52pm On Jun 08|
According to Professor Isaac Adewole, a former health minister and co-founder of the African Cancer Coalition, it is crucial to recognize that persistent bleeding, particularly during or immediately after sexual intercourse, may indicate the presence of cervical cancer.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, Prof. Adewole emphasized that cervical cancer can be prevented and effectively treated if detected early.
Cervical cancer remains the second most prevalent cancer among women in Nigeria and the fourth most common worldwide, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This form of cancer predominantly affects women between the ages of 15 and 44, claiming the lives of 7,900 Nigerian women annually out of the reported 12,000 cases.
Prof. Adewole revealed, “The main challenge in Nigeria, as well as in many developing countries across Africa, is the lack of awareness surrounding cervical cancer. As a result, when women finally seek medical attention, they are usually in the advanced stages of the disease.”
He further explained that the early symptoms, such as bleeding during or after sexual intercourse, often go unnoticed by women. Instead of seeking proper medical care, some women mistakenly attribute the bleeding to their partners, assuming it is caused by trauma or injury.
“Unfortunately, when women distance themselves from their partners, the bleeding stops, but the disease continues to progress silently,” Prof. Adewole cautioned. “By the time they experience a resurgence of symptoms, the cancer has already advanced significantly.”.....
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