Lifestyle changes that can help lower risks of Cervical Cancer

by Echo Store on May 31, 2018

As May marks the Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month, get checked and be more informed before this month ends.

Cervical cancer is a highly preventable and treatable disease yet it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipino women, according to the Department of Health.

Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papiloma virus (HPV), a common infection among sexually active women. Symptoms include unusual vaginal discharge, spotting after sex, prolonged menstrual bleeding, and vaginal bleeding in between periods.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the cancer deaths in the United States could have been prevented through lifestyle changes such as not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.


Here are some ways to reduce risks of cervical cancer:


Get Vaccinated

Immunization can protect girls against the four strains of HPV. CDC recommends that girls should get the vaccine starting at ages 11 to 12.  Even girls as young as 9 years old may already receive the vaccine.

Take a Pap smear

Regular Papanicolau test or Pap smear is essential to diagnose cervical cancer at its early stage. Detecting cervical cancer early increases chances of survival. According to Harvard Health, almost 100%  of patients with Stage 0 cervical cancer are cured while those with Stage 1 and Stage 2 have a “very good chance for cure.”

Eat Healthy

Experts also suggest that a diet high in carotenoids, antioxidants, flavonoids, and folate found in fruits and vegetables can help fight HPV, which causes cervical cancer.

Quit Smoking

Those who smoke regularly are at a higher risk of developing cervical abnormalitlies if they are infected with HPV, according to the Harvard Health article. So if you smoke, quit.
Additionally, a study published in the International Journal in Gynecological Cancer found that “obesity and smoking are significant comorbidities which may complicate care in cervical cancer survivors.”


Including lifestyle changes that promote both mental and physical well-being as a standard part of caring for cervical cancer survivors was among the study’s recommendations.

Having a healthy and sustainable lifestyle can boost the immune system to fight diseases and improve one’s emotional outlook.

Start your journey toward a healthier lifestyle by visiting and our branches at Salcedo Village in Makati City, Serendra in Taguig City, Podium in Mandaluyong City, Eton Centris Walk in Quezon City, Streetscape Mall in Cebu City, Robinsons Highlands in Davao City, and Domingo Velez in Cagayan de Oro.