January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month and an estimated 570,000 new cases are reported for the year 2018.
What is Cervical Cancer? It starts from the lower part of the woman’s womb. This is caused by a sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus occurs in the cells of the cervix that causes skin or mucous membrane growths (warts)
HPV infection takes place when the virus enters the human body. The virus can be transferred primarily through the skin to skin contact, or if you have a small tear in your skin or an abrasion.
Recently, more than 200 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in Singapore each year and the rate of cancer deaths in Hong Kong was the same since 2000. This is why cervical cancer is still one of the top cancer death related among women.
Now the question is, can we prevent Cervical Cancer?
The answer is Yes. Cervical Cancer is highly preventable and treatable. As long as there are regular check-ups and screening tests it can help the prevention and can have early detection of the disease, so it can be treated the right way
Here are some facts about the disease and how prevention is the key to ending Cervical Cancer
Facts about cervical cancer
Major Risk Factor
HPV vaccines can help prevent infection for any types of HPV in which it causes and that can lead to cervical cancer and low risk types that cause genital warts.
Pap and HPV tests are recommended for women over 30
90 % of all cervical cancer deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
Death from cervical cancer is preventable through vaccination, screening and treatment.
Get PAP test. It looks for pre-cancer.
Get an HPV test. These tests look for the virus.
Get an HPV vaccine.