Last September 6 we went to San Fernando, Pampanga for the cervical cancer campaign.
Together with GlaxoSmithKline Philippines and Pia Magalona, we are committed to spread awareness on cervical cancer. I can say that the 500 health workers in Pampanga were considered heroes in a way,

This is also in line for the local government of San Fernando to celebrate their Women's Week celebration, they ( health workers ) were given free cervical cancer vaccine.
This local government and GSK's project to vaccinate health workers is an act of saving lives.
GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervical Cancer vaccine launched for both young and older women in the Philippines. The first stop ? City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

What we should know about cervical cancer ?

Cervical cancer is a cancer that affects women of different ages and backgrounds around the world. It begins in the cervix – the part of the uterus (or womb) that opens to the vagina – and becomes gradually more invasive if left untreated.
Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus known as HPV, or the Human Papilloma Virus.
HPV infection is easily transmitted. What is HPV ?

human papillomavirus (HPV) is a member of the papillomavirus family of viruses that is capable of infecting humans. Like all papillomaviruses, HPVs establish productive infections only in the stratified epithelium of the skin or mucous membranes. Generally it is caused by major skin contact and in order to prevent cervical cancer we should need to get vaccination. So let us help out cervical cancer .
Acquisition may be by skin-to-skin genital contact – penetrative intercourse is not necessary to become infected

According to the Department of Health:
  • Breast cancer is the no. 1 killer of women
  • second is Cervical cancer
  • worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every 2 minutes.
  • Cervical cancer is considered a silent killer.

In is very interesting to know that San Fernando , Pampanga  Mayor Oscar Rodriguez partnered with GlaxoSmithKline Philippines to share the same advocacy to prevent and spread the awareness of cervical cancer. San Fernando City envisions three points :
  • women's right
  • women empowerment
  • women's care
During the opening of their Women's Week Festivities, Rural Health Director, Dr. Rey delos Reyes oriented and briefed the rural health officials about cervical cancer.

Cervical Cancer advocate Pia Magalona was also there to help inform What we should know about cervical cancer

How to prevent cervical cancer :
  • be educated of the cervical cancer campaign
  • have a regular pap smear
  • avoid having many sexual partner
  • take the vaccine shot 
  • Condom usage may not adequately protect individuals from exposure to HPV.

In fact every women is at risk, this is very important about cervical cancer.The risk of cervical cancer is greater than we thought, so we should keep it in mind that every woman is at risk.

It is estimated that 50-80 percent of women will acquire an HPV infection in their lifetime
Half of these women will be infected with cancer-causing HPV at some point, usually soon after their first sexual encounter.
Risk of HPV infection persisting increases with age: The older a woman gets, the higher her risk of persistent HPV infection (one that does not go away on its own).

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