Cervical Cancer is said to be one of the easiest cancer to prevent, if the test is done on time, they can identify cells on the cervix that may become cancerous and take the necessary steps to prevent it. If you are female and are sexually active (even if you have had only one partner), you should consider getting a cervical screening test done.
Raisa Hadiza went for a random check up at the hospital as a woman trying to conceive, but was encouraged to have a screening done. The result of the screening shows that she was prone to having cervical cancer, thankfully it was not too late to prevent it.
After a successful surgery, Hadiza is sharing her story to encourage women to take the screening more seriously
CIN 1 tends to go by itself. The HPV can still be in your system but its quite mild and within a year or two, it tends to clear up by itself. However, I had already gone past that stage and got to stage 2 where I was more at risk of having cancer, so, it was actually by the grace of God that I went for this test.
Being at stage two, I was scared and worried for my life and I was assured that it doesn’t mean that I have cancer but that I am more prone to having cervical cancer in the future and no one can actually say how fast its going to progress, had I left it.
So, I had to get surgery. The surgery is a very minor operation. It doesn’t take more than 15 minutes. Its not painful. They were literally going to numb you but I was able to walk after and go about your daily activities. Its nothing to be scared about and you can see what they are doing through a screen before you.
What they do is scrape off the abnormal cells which grows like little bumps on your cervix. Then I was advised to come back six months later to get another test to see if the cells have completely gone or come back and when I went back, everything was fine.
If you go for your test and it comes back negative and they do the operation for you, you are advised to have more regular screenings at every six months or a year, rather than every two years.
Its nothing to be scared about. Its just one of those things that if you leave it and never get a test and you end up with cervical cancer, you are basically dying of a cancer that can be basically preventable.