Every 2 minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer. It is the second most common disease among Filipino women, next to breast cancer.
Cervical cancer is an ongoing challenge for all women regardless of age, race and status. However, its impact on victims, survivors, and families in Philippine society – and the fact that this cancer is preventable, are not widely known. Why is this? Denial and the lack of knowledge and resources are among the main reasons that suppress women to take action in combating cervical cancer. There is a need for a shift of consciousness among women and changes in behavior and mindset for all genders.
Facts About Cervical Cancer
- It is the 2nd most common cancer among Filipino women today
- Cervix is located in between the uterus and the vagina
- Due to misconception nobody wants to talk much about the disease.
- HPV 16 & 19 Human Papilloma Virus infection is the cause
- HPV is very common. 80% of women will likely get it once in their lifetime. But both men and women will not know they have it. And to most women, HPV clears on its own. To some, they stay later on develops into cervical cancer if not detected and treated early on.
- It is sexually transmitted. Men passes it on to women through sexual intercourse, without knowing it. Plus, there is no HPV test for men.
- Early cervical cancer usually DOES NOT show any symptoms
- Early detection is prevention. When detected early, cervical cancer is treatable.
- Hava a Pap Smear & Ensure your cervix is healthy
A Cebu based non profit organization She Matters Cervical Cancer Foundation Inc.(SMCCFI) with its founder Emee Y. Aquino launch a awareness campaign about Cervical cancer and how to prevent it.
We are committed to raise awareness among men and women about cervical cancer and to promote self care for all women at risk.
We envision a country where women live healthy lives, free and protected from cervical cancer.
Though I am a guy, I learned a lot about cervical cancer like you can prevent it by just performing Paps mear once a year and keep a healthy lifestyle like eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, also avoid smoking and excessive drinking.
The biggest factor probably in preventing detection of cervical cancer is having the right attitude in approaching the checkup like being shy to perform test or just plain "bahala" Filipino character in which they will just ignore it and put the rest to destiny and fate.
Also the perspective of people when they see one that has cervical cancer as a bad person with many partners that resulted to the disease.
If you want to help and volunteer regarding Cervical Cancer Awareness, you can visit http://shematters.com.ph for more information