DID you know that 12 Filipino women die due to cervical cancer each day?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cervical cancer is the second most common cancer afflicting women worldwide with about 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year. It is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in both men and women.
In line with the celebration of Mother’s Day and the 6th year of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Health is offering a FREE cervical cancer screening in government hospitals and rural health facilities this whole month of May.
The cervical cancer screening will be offered to women aged 30-49 years old in 58 DOH-retained hospitals nationwide.
Aside from free screenings nationwide, DOH will also provide FREE quadrivalent HPV vaccinations to 9,000 girls aged 13 years old this coming school year.
The nationwide free cervical cancer screenings and the school-based vaccination program is implemented by the DOH, in partnership with POGS, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of the Philippines (SGOP), the Philippine Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (PSCPC), and Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) Philippines.