Filipino Women die from Cervical Cancer every day even these disease can be screened and vaccination. Department of Health (DOH) this May willl holding a Free Cervical Cancer screening for women starting at age 21 and above.
For Metro Manila screening will be held every Wednesday, Luzon every Friday, Visayas every for Tuesday and for Mindanao will be every Thursday.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer.
When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cells on the surface of the cervix to become cancer cells.
You can reduce your risk of cervical cancer by undergoing screening tests and receiving a vaccine that protects against HPV infection.
Cervical Cancer Symptoms
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause
- Watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor
- Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse
For more information and programs of DOH you can check their site : www.doh.gov.ph/