Delos Reyes claims that the country’s rate is very high, considering that cervical cancer is preventable and curable in its early stages. To help lower the rate of cervical cancer incidence, he says, what the country needs is a “well-organized screening program” for prevention and early detection of the disease. Most Filipino women don’t undergo regular screening, Delos Reyes notes. Thus, the disease is only detected in its advanced stage.
In an effort to increase cervical cancer awareness and implement regular screening, the Department of Health in cooperation with SGOP, the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), Philippine Society of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (PSCPC), and MSD, conducted a one-day free screening in over 60 DOH-retained hospitals all over the country. The annual program was a success with 184 participants this year compared to last year’s 80. A participant at the screening notes that if awareness increases about free programs like this, more women would go "especially since most Filipinos would prioritize bread-and-butter needs before regular health check-ups."
Cervical cancer is caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus or HPV. To find out more about cervical cancer, how to prevent it, and what vaccines should be used, check out FN’s guide to cervical cancer. For more details on HPV, visit www.helpfighthpv.com.
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