On women’s health

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Do you know that globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women based on statistics? Locally, it is the second leading cancer in women next to breast cancer. It is also the second most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age.
Current estimates indicate that every year, 6,670 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 2,832 die from the disease. More than half a million new cases are diagnosed every year (eight percent of all female cancer cases) and it claims more than 265,000 lives every year.
Research showed that about 2.9 percent of women in the general population are estimated to have cervical HPV (Human Papillomavirus) types 16/18 infection at a given time, and 58.6% of invasive cervical cancers are attributed to HPVs 16 or 18.
Below are several tests that women must undertake for early detection and prevention, and vaccines women must not do without for their well-being.


By Carmen Ang-Jimenez, MD

The author is currently the head of Women’s Center of Providence Hospital at Quezon Ave., Quezon City. She used to head the Women’s Healthcare Center at the Metropolitan Medical Center in Sta. Cruz, Manila from 2006-2015.