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Ladies take care of your Special One- Point Blank with the Asian Weekly 15th January 2016

28 Jan

Ladies take care of your Special One

Cervical Cancer Month

Cervical Cancer Month

The woman has been designed to give birth and that is the major distinction from man. But ladies if you don’t take care of your “Special One” then you are in very big trouble.

According to a December 2015 report by Institut Català d’Oncologia (ICO) Information Centre on HPV (Human Papillomavirus) it says:

Kenya has a population of 12.67 million women aged 15 years and older who are at risk of developing cervical cancer. Current estimates indicate that every year 4802 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 2451 die from the disease. Cervical cancer in Kenya ranks as the 1st most frequent cancer among women and the 1st most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age. Based on Kenya studies performing HPV detection tests in cervical samples, about 9.1% of women in the general population are estimated to harbour cervical HPV-16/18 infection at a given time, and 61.4% of invasive cervical cancers are attributed to HPVs 16 or 18.

Women have been generally known to have super powers and fix things on their own, even their own health. Stop, you are not possessed by magic or special powers, you are a human being and you need to take care of yourself. We are designed differently from men and while they may possess physical strength, we possess emotional strength. Don’t get caught out with a surprise problem to your health, prevention is better than cure as they say, the rest if something were to happen, sometimes you really can’t do anything.

A typical urban woman in Kenya especially in her mid 30s is wrapped up about getting married, having children, building a career or dealing with a broken early marriage, horrible state of financial affairs or maybe she is the stable, lucky one and has everything going for her. Then we have the mid 40s upwards and in most cases they have given up on themselves and are just living as part of a routine. It is only the younger mothers, the new 40s who are taking charge of their lives and salute to them. The 50s upwards are dealing with menopause and many more martial problems or neglect from children, very few have successful businesses, incomes or even homes to nourish their life. If they are already grandparents then this is their prime time, grandchildren are known to make you live longer.

But what about the girl child or the woman living in the rural parts of Kenya, who is taking care of her? Lack of education and especially any opportunity to earn an income has a detrimental affect on her health. She is dependent on Government policies and action by her county officers, medical health practitioners and her fellow colleagues. Yes, women have more power if they come together, just like the midwife culture and bringing up a child, if they stepped up and demanded more care in their lives they can have more fulfilling lives.

Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what to do with your health. Instead of spending thousands on a kitty party lunch and gossiping over unhealthy matters, get checked, sign up for a Pap Smear test and get to know your body better for you. Don’t over read on the Internet and get lost in the medical jargon, save your uterus and have a healthy baby and have a healthy you. Don’t ignore your mothers, grandmothers, aunties or any other fellow lady who needs that push even if it is financial, be together, help each other, heal each other. Don’t hide under your wigs and pretend cancer did not happen to you or can not happen to you, educate yourself, protect yourself, the rest is in the hands of God, but do your part.

 

 

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