Cervical Cancer Protection

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women worldwide and being the 9th most common cancer in Singaporean women.

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We can protect ourselves and love ones! But, how?

By going for HPV vaccination.

First, let’s take a look some common myths.

Myth 1: Cervical Cancer is not common, it can never happen to me.

  • For the last 20 years, the number of cases in Singapore has been decreasing because women take part in prevention programs.
  • 500,000 women are diagnosed each year globally, and is the 2nd most common cancer affecting women.

Myth 2: I am not at risk as there is no such history in the family.

  • Almost all cases of cervical cancer occur in women with no family history of it. It is caused by a common virus – HPV.

Myth 3: Getting Cervical cancer is linked to being sexually promiscuous.

  • HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact: sexual intercourse or contact at the genital area OR non-sexual contact (mother to infant during delivery)
  • Women can still be infected from having just one partner.
  • Every sexually active woman is at risk of being affected by HPV as it’s very common and easily transmitted.

Myth 4: If I have a normal PAP smear, it means I will not have Cervical cancer.

  • A Pap smear is a screening test to detect any changes in cervical cells; it is not enough to protect you from cervical cancer.
  • In Singapore, sexually-active women aged between 25-69 are advised to have a pap smear done every 3 years.

Myth 5: Pap smear program is effective, HPV vaccination is unnecessary. (This is what I thought too!)

  • Pap smear: detect changes of the cells in the cervix which may later develop into cancer.
  • Vaccination: To help prevent certain HPV infection and reduce the risk of developing cervical per-cancers and cervical cancer.

Myth 6: My daughter is too young to be vaccinated. She won’t be at risk at the age of 10.

  • Immune response is stronger when vaccinating young.

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With Tiphanie & Verlyn at the talk.

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Say NO! to Cervical Cancer!

Get your free Pap smear done! Call 6499 9133 to make an appointment & go find out more about the vaccination if you are keen.

Disclaimer: Protect to Tell – Cervical Cancer Awareness on 12th April 2014 was held as a lunch session, organized and sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd. I was not paid for participating in the event. All personal views expressed here are entirely my own.
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