MUT Clinic is conducting Pap smear tests for the whole of September as part of Cervical Cancer Awareness. Sister Bongiwe Sithole said the Clinic was doing tests for both staff and students by appointment. Sister Sithole said that according to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Cervical Cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in South Africa. Breast Cancer is the first. Cervical Cancer occurs in the cells of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus/womb) which connects to the vagina.
This type of cancer can be successfully treated if detected early, and the MUT Clinic is determined to play its part by testing as many women as possible. Cervical Cancer is caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which spreads through skin to skin contact, body fluids and sexual intercourse. Sister Sithole said: “Early sexual debut and engaging with multiple sexual partners are some of the risk factors for Cervical Cancer. The most common signs and symptoms are abnormal bleeding between regular menstrual periods, bleeding after sex, pelvic pain not associated with your menstrual cycle, painful intercourse”.
Sister Sithole encouraged women to book their Pap Smear Tests by calling 031 907 7260. Tests will be done until the end of the first week of October.