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MSD and DOH go full circle for 6th Cervical Cancer Awareness


The Department of Health (DOH), in a public-private partnership with Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) Philippines, is now on its sixth year of raising awareness and providing free cervical cancer screening programs nationwide.

For the sixth run of its Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) activities this May, both the DOH and MSD are going beyond just screening. This year, the awareness is going full circle—from prevention to treatment.

Free screenings will be conducted for women aged 25-49 years old in all 58 DOH-retained hospitals nationwide.

Furthermore, a launch of an HPV registry for monitoring and evaluation of disease burden will also be included in this year's CCAM, as well as the announcement of a PhilHealth Z benefit expansion to include cervical cancer.

The CCAM website, mahalagaka.com, will also be refreshed and updated to further awareness.

Vaccination, according to the DOH, will strongly be advocated during screening and throughout the entire month.


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