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IVF-Life and the Importance of World Cervical Cancer Prevention Day

Cervical cancer is currently the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide, with an estimated 604,000 new cases per year, according to the latest data provided by the World Health Organisation. Today, 26th March, on the occasion of the World Day for the prevention of this disease, we at IVF-Life wish to highlight the importance of knowing the ways to prevent it, which are fundamental for raising awareness in society about its origin and presence. 

What is Cervical Cancer?

The cervix consists of the lower part of the uterus, which is connected to the vagina. Cervical cancer occurs when malignant cells proliferate in the cervix, which is generally linked to a persistent infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While cervical cancer can be a serious disease, it is critical to stress that prevention is possible, as is early detection, which is what we are concerned with today. 

Vaccination and Pap smears: the Most Powerful Weapons Against the Development of Cervical Cancer

It is estimated that 80% of the population will at some point in their lives contract a strain of human papillomavirus. In this context, it is worth noting that HPV vaccines are effective tools to prevent the development of high-risk strains that can lead to cervical lesions. In general, the vaccine is most effective when administered before a woman is exposed to the virus, which underlines the importance of awareness-raising from an early age, although there are professionals who, depending on the case, also recommend it to palliate an existing infection. 

Likewise, it is essential to follow routine gynaecological check-ups, as a smear can detect abnormalities or dysplasias whose follow-up or treatment will have a much more favourable prognosis, compared to that of a late diagnosis. 

HPV, Cervical Cancer and Fertility

While the human papillomavirus does not appear to be linked to reproductive difficulties, other sexually transmitted infections that tend to occur at the same time can indeed lead to reproductive difficulties. In the case of chlamydia, for example, fallopian tube disorders are common. 

On the other hand, just as we at IVF-Life aim to raise awareness of cervical cancer, we also see it as crucial to do so in terms of reproductive health. Middle-aged women – when the prevalence of cervical cancer is higher – may consider undergoing fertility preservation treatment, in order to be able to become mothers once they recover. As specialists in complex cases and cases dependent on a multidisciplinary approach, at IVF-Life we also offer reproductive solutions to those patients who have not been able to freeze their eggs.  

Cervical cancer is a disease that should not only be remembered today, but of which society rather needs to be fully aware, empathising with women who receive such a diagnosis and with all those who, by receiving valuable information regarding their gynaecological health, can prevent it. Whatever your situation, the most important thing is for you to know that, today and always, we are at your disposal to give you the support you need and the good news you deserve. We await you!