Common Myths and Facts About Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Statistics

The 2016 cervical cancer statistics are as follows:

  • Cervical cancer is the 2nd most commonly occurring cancer in Indian women between the age group 15 to 44 years.
  • 453.02 million women of age 15 years and above are at an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.
  • In India, every year 1,22,844 women are tested positive for cervical cancer and 67,477 women die from it.
Common Myths and Facts About Cervical Cancer

Myths and Facts of Cervical Cancer

Looking at the statistics, it is extremely important that we should have some knowledge about cervical cancer awareness. Apparently, there are many myths/misunderstandings regarding this disease. Let's debunk some myths about cervical cancer with the actual facts.

  • Myth: Cervical cancer only affects elderly women.
  • Fact: It is a known fact that cervical cancer can affect any female between the age group 15 to 44 years.
  • Myth: If you are tested HPV positive, you will definitely have cervical cancer.
  • Fact: Being HPV positive does not necessarily mean that you will have cervical cancer. Sometimes, HPV infections subside by itself. However, when the HPV infection stays for a long period of time it results in abnormal growth and multiplication of cells, which could develop into cervical cancer.
  • Myth: Pap smear test can help in the diagnosis of other gynecological cancers, example: ovarian cancer.
  • Fact: No, the cervical Pap Smear Test does not test for other gynecological cancers.
  • Myth: A Pap test is enough for protecting women against cervical cancer.
  • Fact: No, just a Pap test is not enough to protect women against cervical cancer. For any women age 30 and older, an HPV test along with a Pap smear test increases chances of its diagnosis.
  • Myth: If you are tested positive for HPV, then you would experience warning signs and symptoms.
  • Fact: It is not necessary that women will experience warning signs and symptoms of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer might not show any signs and symptoms till an abnormal cell growth happen; hence regular checkup screening with Pap and HPV testing is of utmost importance in women that are 30 or older.
  • Myth: Cervical cancer is fatal.
  • Fact: Cervical cancer can be cured if detected and treated at an early stage by a regular health checkup.
  • Myth: Cervical cancer is contagious.
  • Fact: HPV infection is highly contagious if spread by sexual contact. The cancer cells themselves can't be spread from one person to another.

Cervical Cancer Prevention

Now that we have read through the cervical facts, let's understand how we can prevent this dreadful and misunderstood disease.

Cervical cancer prevention can be done by:

  • Early Detection: Get a Pap smear test done in a regular checkup.
  • Use protection if you are sexually active.
  • Immunization: Get vaccination against HPV. The HPV vaccine is now readily available.
  • Get rid/avoid all the factors that contribute to the risk of cervical cancer for example: quit/avoid smoking.

To know your complete health status you need a comprehensive health checkup by Indus Health Plus, the preventive checkup specialist.

Was This Article Helpful?

Yes No
  • Prepare for Safe Pregnancy: To Do List

    Prepare for Safe Pregnancy: To Do List

    Preparing for pregnancy is both exciting and daunting. Along with the mental preparation, it is imperative to keep yourself physically fit.

    Following pre-pregnancy checklist will give you a clear idea of the dos and don'ts.

  • Women Health Matters - Understand her Health Needs

    Women Health Matters - Understand her Health Needs

    The concern for women health has increased multifold in the recent times. There has been an increase in the diseases which have been attributed to the recent lifestyle changes of today's woman. The need of the hour is to adopt the easiest strategy of prevention. Prevention means an early diagnosis and a timely and effective treatment.

  • Infertility: Few Facts That Every Woman Should Know

    Infertility: Few Facts That Every Woman Should Know

    Infertility in women is a very sensitive issue. In India, there has been an increased incidence of infertility by 20-30% in the last 5 years. Causes of infertility include the age factor or lifestyle changes that cause stress and obesity. These are a result of lack of physical exercise, changes in eating habits and pollution associated with conditions like diabetes etc.

  • Why Osteoporosis is More Common in Women?

    Why Osteoporosis is More Common in Women?

    Osteoporosis is a condition in which our bones become brittle and weak. Below statistics speak volumes about osteoporosis in women:

    • Out of 2 women, 1 woman above 50 years is at the risk of this condition.
    • It has been estimated that 200 million women have been affected by osteoporosis worldwide.
  • Do Women Suffer More From Depression And Stress?

    Do Women Suffer More From Depression And Stress?

    According to a survey, Indian women were found to be more stressed. In this survey, about 87% of women reported that they were highly stressed and 82% of them said they had no time to relax.

  • Why is Obesity Becoming Prevalent in Women?

    Why is Obesity Becoming Prevalent in Women?

    No woman appreciates any negative comment about her appearance. Currently, be it common women or the celebrity women, they all have been subject to this uncool culture of "body shaming". Hence, women are becoming more and more cautious and conscious about their appearance. We all know how women struggle and multi-task in order to maintain their work life balance. However, with the fight against time, they end up ignoring their health. Consequently, leading to lifestyle related diseases like: obesity, hypertension, stress etc. Let's understand now why there is an increased incidence of obesity in women.

  • Back Pain Conditions That Mainly Affect Working Women

    Back Pain Conditions That Mainly Affect Working Women

    Back pain is the commonest reason for absenteeism from work. According to a research, lower back pain accounts for 1 in 3 of the work-related health issues. Almost 9.4% suffer from low back pain across the world. In an analysis, musculoskeletal disorders like upper back pain, lower back pain, neck pain and arthritis have been ranked among the top 10 contributors of disability.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: a Burning Issue

    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: a Burning Issue

    Working women have a dual burden of working for the family and taking care of the family at the same. Due to such increased demands, she often suffers from lifestyle diseases. Statistically, about 18% women are affected by Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). In another health survey, India leads the chart with 1 in 4 women suffering from PCOS a disorder which causes infertility among women.

  • Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Prevention in Women

    Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Prevention in Women

    Women and Heart Diseases

    Women more prone towards heart diseases

    It’s evident from the current global statistics that 17.3 million deaths occur because of heart diseases. According to WHO, number of cardiovascular deaths among women is 8.6 million, which includes 34% women from India only. The numbers have been increasing because today in order to compete in the professional world, women have been putting additional effort as they have dual responsibilities of managing home and work both. The increasing level of stress adds on to the numbers. Also, their gender specific hormones, estrogen and progesterone make them susceptible to heart diseases.

  • Benefits of Vitamin B12 During Pregnancy

    Benefits of Vitamin B12 During Pregnancy

    Goodness of Vitamin B12 - For you & your baby

    Pregnancy is a time when a woman is expected to take all possible precautions with regard to her diet and health. Several discomforting symptoms of pregnancy like morning sickness, nausea and general weakness edge them towards neglecting their diet, which eventually lead to deficiencies and this in turn can harms both, the mother and child.

  • Diseases Women Should Watch Out!

    Diseases Women Should Watch Out!

    Some diseases exhibit affinity towards the fairer sex.

    Dissimilar anatomy, different set of hormones, slightly diverse lifestyle; reasons could be several for women being prone to some particular diseases.

Take a Self Assessment DNA Test based on Immunity, Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Habits to know better about your lifestyle DNAwise.
Analyse My Health
Article Call

Get a Call From Health Advisor


Why Choose Indus Health Plus?
loadArticlevideo Load Article Video
Hey, How can I Help You Today? chatbot