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An Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Adetola Olatunji, has warned girls and ladies to shun early sexual intercourse and having multiple sex partners to avert the risks of developing the deadly cervical cancer.
Adetola explained that the cancer of the cervix is common and sexually transmitted.
He further explained that the path to developing it is through genital infection by a microorganism called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
The Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology said this on Thursday at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye while delivering the institution’s 91st inaugural lecture titled; “Female Reproductive Structure and Function: Bane of Women in The Developing Countries”.
He added that HPV has been implicated in “about 99% of cases of cancer of the cervix.”
He further said immunisation against the virus before the female genital tract is exposed to it could prevent the development of cancer of the cervix.
Adetola also advised ladies and women to go for early detection check through “cervical screening” as another method of preventing the development of the deadly cervical cancer.
According to him, “cervical screening” is cheap as such screening cost only N500 at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital(OOUTH), Sagamu.
He lamented that despite being preventable, cases of cervical cancer in Nigeria are presented for treatment in advanced stages when little success could be achieved.