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Medical Negligence Solicitors

According to the World Health Organisation the highest incidence of medical negligence in the developed world occurs in Australia. If you have been injured by a healthcare professional including a doctor, dentist, nurse or technician and would like to speak to a medical negligence solicitor without further obligation, just use the helpline. A medical negligence lawyer who deals exclusively in personal injury claims will speak to you, giving free advice and information on how best to preserve your legal right to receive compensation as a result of injuries caused by medical negligence.

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Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is a cancerous condition in which cells grow abnormally on the cervix of females and grow out of control. The cervix is part of the uterus, on the lower part which is visible in an examination of the vagina. While it can be deadly, many people survive the disease if it is caught early enough. It is usually found during a Pap test.

There are several causes of cervical cancer but most are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus or an HPV infection. HPV is caught during sexual contact with another who has a human papilloma virus infection. Some HPV infections do not cause cervical cancer but instead cause genital warts or no symptoms whatsoever.

Some women can have HPV for many years and not be aware of it. It lies dormant in your body and can cause cervical cancers many years later. This is why pap tests are so important to have on a regular basis. Pre-cancerous cells can be detected long before any of the cells actually turn to cancer. The pre-cancerous cells can be removed before they worsen and cause cancer.

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer? When the cells begin to be abnormal, there are usually no symptoms. When the cancerous cells are many and form a growth the symptoms might include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, which includes bleeding between cycles or an abnormal menstrual cycle.
  • Bleeding whenever something touches the cervix, such as when you put in a diaphragm or have sex.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.
  • Bloody vaginal discharge at any point in the cycle.

Cervical cancer is diagnosed at the time of a routine gynaecological examination. If you have a cervix, a pap test should be automatically performed by the healthcare provider, which will look for changes that might be suspicious in the cells. If a pap test is not normal, further tests using a type of microscope called a culposcope will be done to see if it is cancer and what to do about it. A biopsy might need to be obtained to further evaluate the abnormalities.

Treatment of cervical cancer is usually the same for most stages. The procedure includes the following:

  • A hysterectomy, which includes the cervix and the rest of the cervix
  • Removal of nearby pelvic lymph nodes
  • Possible removal of ovaries and the fallopian tubes
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

If you have a hysterectomy, you will of course be unable to have children. Early diagnosis of the disease, however, can mean you save your uterus and can have children. Depending on how far along the cancer is, the treatment will be different. This means you don’t have to feel so afraid, unhappy or angry following the diagnosis of cancer. Go to a cancer support group to get advice as to how to proceed and what things you should worry about (or not worry about) when you have cervical cancer. There are online sources of things you can do to support your body when you have this disease. People will be able to share their experiences with you.

Cervical cancer can be prevented. The Pap test will be the best test you can have to find suspicious cells that are not cancerous. These tests, when done regularly, can get rid of suspicious cells before they become cancerous. Check with your doctor after an abnormal Pap test result so the abnormal cells can be treated before they can turn cancerous.

People aged 26 or younger can get the HPV vaccine that protects the patient from two out of the many strains of HPV that can cause cancer.

You can avoid HPV infections by not having sex at all or by using condoms during sex. You should limit the number of sexual partners you have.

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