If having multiple sexual partners has become a fun to any individual, this is the time to stop, think and act.

There are several health risks associated with having sex with different men and women, but today Cervical cancer, a disease that affects women, is becoming more common.

Medical experts have said that women who have multiple sexual partners are more at risk of developing cervical Cancer. Sex is sweet and good, but here comes the need for abstinence for the unmarried and faithfulness for the married.

Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix – the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina - grow out of control.

It can often be successfully treated when it's found early. It is usually found at a very early stage through a Pap test.

Symptoms

A medical doctor, Uchenna Iroka, from the Department of Accident and Emergency Unit, Minna General Hospital, told the News Agency of Nigeria that cervical cancer was a cancer of the uterus (womb) that grows around the narrowing part of the lower uterus often referred to as the neck of the womb.

He listed vaginal bleeding during sexual intercourse, foul smelling discharge, pains during sex and post menopausal bleeding as the symptoms of cervical cancer.

According to him, smoking, which he noted, weakens the immune system, long-term mental stress, giving birth at early age, several pregnancies and contraceptive pill could also increases the risk of cervical cancer.

He disclosed that women within the age of 50 years and above were at risk of developing cervical cancer.

Dr. Iroka explained that engaging in sexual intercourse with different men increases the risk of contracting Human Papillioma Virus, especially type 16 and 18 associated with cervical cancer.

He advised people to stick to one partner, noting that multiple partners exposed them to contracting deadly diseases.

Go For Pap-smear Test

According to him, young ladies should go for pap-smear test from time to time to know if they are sexually active or not.

“If the pap-smear test is negative, the person should be vaccinated and if the test is positive, it is an indication that the person is likely to develop cancer in 20 to 30 years time.

“At that point, the person can commence treatment to prevent it from developing. Most cervical cancer is squamous in 90 per cent and adenocarcinoma in about 5 per cent.

“Treating cancer depends on the stage it is discovered. Most people in developing countries unlike in the developed countries are ignorant, that is why the disease is discovered late,” he said.

The doctor highlighted that treatment modalities for cancer, include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy while the three modalities could be combined.

He, however, advised young ladies to get vaccinated whether they were sexually active or not.

Iroka also advised Nigerians, especially women, to go for regular cancer screening, stressing that regular screening helps to detect the disease at early stage and reduces number of death.

He called on religious and traditional leaders to encourage women in their domain to go for regular breast and cervical screening, adding that such facilities were available in government hospitals.