Why should you get yourself and your mom vaccinated this Mother's day

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED May 9, 2018 02:07 pm
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(Inside Manila) In case you didn't know, the month of May is declared by the government as "Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month". Appropriately enough, the world celebrates Mother's Day also this month.

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer which occurs most commonly in women . Every year, this disease is responsible for shortening the lives of mothers.

So this year, why not change your Mother's Day treat for the better. Read and be informed of these cervical cancer facts and give your own mothers—and every woman in your life a gift of a future to be with them longer.

The most common cause of cervical cancer is from a sexually transmitted infection

A sexually transmitted disease called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is responsible for at least 99.7% of cervical cancer. Those who have had experience in sexual intercourse and even those who have none are all at risk for cervical cancer.

Men can contribute to acquiring this disease

Men may not be affected by cervical cancer, but they can be actual carriers of the HPV virus which is the most common cause of cervical cancer; women who have multiple casual partners or men who have HPV themselves.

Risk for cervical cancer increases with age

According to MD Anderson Cancer Center, the disease is often diagnosed in women over the age of 40 years old.

In a report by HPV Centre, the Philippines has cervical cancer as the second most frequent cancer among women ages 15 to 44.

This type of cancer is often diagnosed late which results in a low survival rate

Even though cervical cancer is a preventable disease, many fail to have it detected early are only left with an already progressed cancer that is incurable.

The Philippines has a critical record of cervical cancer

According to a report by HPV Centre, the Philippines has a population of women about 34.30 million. Among these numbers, ages 15 and older are at risk of cancer. The report estimated that every year 6,670 women are diagnosed and 2832 die of cervical cancer.

Other overlooked situations can actually increase the risk

Smoking, being overweight, weakened immune system, multiple full-term pregnancies, long-term use of birth control pills, not using contraceptives in sexual intercourse and other overlooked occurrences can actually increase the risk of being diagnosed of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer can be prevented

As mentioned, cervical cancer is preventable through early detections and acquiring an HPV vaccine.



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