Early prevention is key in the battle against cervical cancer.
Contributed By Yong Yung Shin
There is much awareness on breast cancer, but not many people know that cervical cancer is the second most common women’s cancer in the world. On Feb. 26 at the Home Team NS-JOM Clubhouse, Mrs Singapore 2011 finalists attended an awareness talk on preventing the disease, organized and presented by Mrs. Singapore Queen of Hope 2010 Yuan Wenling.
Yuan is also the ambassador for the Power Over Cervical Cancer public education campaign launched by the Society for Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology Singapore.”
Cervical cancer occurs when the cells in the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina) change or grow abnormally. In Singapore, cervical cancer takes the life of one woman every five days.
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papillomavirus, which is normally spread through sexual activity.
Yuan underscored the importance of prevention through vaccination and early detection screening programs like regular pap smears. The screenings are imperative due to the fact that cervical cancer presents no early symptoms.
Log on to www.pocc.sg for more information.