Understanding Cervical Cancer with Dr. Muhammad Faiz

Dr Faiz from MAKNA - Majlis Kanser Nasional talks about cervical cancer, its effect on fertility, prevention and myths surrounding this type of cancer.

by Raihan Rahman

In Malaysia, cervical cancer is the 3rd most common cancer. In most cases, certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of this type of cancer.
This common viral infection affects both men and women. Fortunately, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer out there. Regular screenings, pap smear tests and HPV vaccinations can help to detect the cancer in its early stages or even prevent an HPV infection before it starts.
In this episode of the Homage Web Series, Dr Faiz from MAKNA – Majlis Kanser Nasional talks about cervical cancer, its effect on fertility, prevention and myths surrounding this type of cancer.
Dr Muhammad Faiz graduated with a medical degree from The University of Manchester. He continued his foundation training at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust before moving to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, one of Europe’s largest cancer treatment centres
After returning home to Malaysia, Dr Faiz continued oncology training at FB Rasmi Hospital Umum Sarawak. He is currently the resident doctor at MAKNA – Majlis Kanser Nasional.

Transcript: Part 1, Part 2
[03:40] What is cervical cancer? | [06:15] What is the staging classification for cervical cancer and does cervical cancer affect fertility in women? | [13:01] How can I reduce my risk of cervical cancer? What are the screening tests available to detect cervical cancer? | [26:36] What are the treatments for cervical cancer? | [29:00] How effective is the HPV vaccine in preventing cervical cancer? | [31:30] Why is palliative care important for cancer patients and specifically for cervical cancer, how can palliative care help? | [46:44] What are common myths associated with cervical cancer?
Terminology:
Radiotherapy: A form of cancer treatment that helps to kill cancer cells or reduces the size of tumours
Chemotherapy: A form of powerful drug treatment to destroy cancer cells
Fibroid: Abnormal growths or tumours that grow in a women’s uterus
HPV DNA test: A test that looks at the presence of the human papillomavirus in a woman’s cervix.
Pap smear test: A cervical screening test that looks at precancerous or cancerous cells in a woman’s cervix
HPV vaccine: A vaccine designed to protect against the human papillomavirus and helps to reduce the risk of cervical cancer by 95%
Disclaimer: The health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional health advice. To seek further medical advice for your medical condition, do consult your doctor or go to the nearest health institution to get assistance. This video only represents the speaker’s views on cervical cancer.

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Raihan Rahman
Raihan loves psychological thriller books and horror movies but sleeps with a night light, lest the monsters get her.
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