Vaginal cancer is the second most common cancer in women, after breast cancer. Like breast cancer, it usually surfaces in the later years of a woman, around the age of 60. But unlike breast cancer, the signs of vaginal cancer are not so easily visible. That’s why routine check ups are very essential.
What Is Vaginal Cancer?
Vaginal cancer occurs in the birth canal. It is caused when the cells undergo genetic mutation, which turns normal cells to abnormal ones. These cells of a tissue keep growing and multiplying rapidly, forming a vaginal tumor. They begin invading tissues in and around, and can even start growing in some other part of the body. Unlike healthy cells, they do not die but kill other healthy cells.
Although the exact causes of vaginal cancer are still unknown, these could be the contributing factors:
- Using oral contraceptives for an extended period of time
- Multiple sex partners
- Infection by the Human Papilloma virus
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Smoking and alcohol
Signs Of Vaginal Cancer
- A lump in the vagina may indicate cancer.
- Excessive and abnormal bleeding are among the common vaginal cancer symptoms. Since this usually attacks post menopausal women, it may be easy to find out as the woman has stopped menstruating.
- Terrible pain and bleeding before, during or after intercourse results from this disease.
- Pain while urinating is among the common signs of vaginal cancer.
- Abnormal or irregular bowels can occur.
- Pain and swelling in the legs is also among the vaginal cancer symptoms.
- One might experience constant pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area.
- Loss of control over the bladder can also be a symptom of this disease.
Vaginal Cancer Prevention Tips
1. Reduce Toxins.
Toxin accumulation is linked to various diseases, including cancer. The key is in nourishing the cells with a good healthy diet and flushing out toxins. Regular fasting, exercising, and eating a clean diet go a long way in staying toxin-free.
2. Avoid Smoking.
Cigarette smoke is poison. Smoking can not only lead to lung cancer, but it can also increase the risk of vaginal cancer. Even second hand smoke is dangerous. So, kick the butt if you are a smoker. And in general, try being in a smoke-free environment as far as possible.
3. Take Ayurvedic Herbs.
When combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, these herbs can give some added support in cancer prevention.
- Ashwagandha: A strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
- Shatavari: As per Ayurvedic experts, the best herb for female health
- Giloy: A natural immunity booster
- Guggul: Being rich in essential minerals, it has purifying properties.
- Ashoka: The bark is known to treat tumors in the female reproductive system.
- Lodhra: This tree bark acts can be effective in treating tumors.
4. Eat Anti-Cancer Foods.
Cancer-fighting foods reduce inflammation in the body. They cleanse the system, have antioxidant effects, and boost immunity. Thus, they can prevent the vaginal cancer symptoms. Some of them are:
- Green tea
- Leafy greens
- Cruciferous veggies like cauliflower and broccoli
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