A Department of Health statistics showed that 12 women in the Philippines die because of cervical cancer everyday. About 6,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year and about 4,349 die of the disease annually. Worldwide, cervical cancer ranked 5th of all the cancers affecting women.
Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus.
Cervical cancer may be caused by human papillomavirus or HPV. There are different types of HPV and at least 13 of which cause cervical cancer. This type of virus may be obtained through sexual interaction with someone who is infected by it.
Cervical cancer is highly preventable with early detection through screening and vaccination.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if the HPV vaccine was administered globally, hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved each year.
Women should undergo Pap Test and HPV test regularly to know if they are infected by this disease.The earlier cervical cancer is diagnosed, the more successfully it can be treated. 90 percent of cervical cancer is curable if treated early enough.
“Cervical cancer caused by HPV is a highly preventable and curable disease provided that patients have enough knowledge. It’s important for women aged 30 and older to undergo regular Pap smear and HPV tests because it offers the best protection against cervical cancer. These procedures help make sure abnormal cells are diagnosed and treated early,” says Healthway Medical’s Dr. Angeli Aresta-Del Valle.
Today, there are HPV vaccines available for women aged 9 to 45 years old. These help prevent the acquisition of HPV.
To further help in the prevention of cervical cancer, women must campaign for early detection and vaccination. By that we can save lives of others.
Remember, Prevention is better than cure!