Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Top 10 Myths about Cervical Cancer

Girls, please read this and share the knowledge with your family and girlfriends!
Did you know that Cervical Cancer is the 10th most common cancer in Singapore females, and 80% of the cervical cancer cases could be prevented by effective screening programmes?

Attended an event at Lady M Fullerton about a month ago, and I learnt about cervical cancer. To make the points easier to "digest", I'll be sharing the top 10 myths about cervical cancer.

Myth 1: Cervical cancer is not common, it can never happen to me

The number of cervical cancer cases in singapore has been decreasing in the last 20 years because women take part in prevention programmes. Without theses programs, cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cancer afecting women. Globally, 500000 women are diagnosed each year.

Myth 2: I am not at risk of cervical cancer as there is no such history in my family

Almost all cases of cervical cancer occer in women with no family history of it. It is caused by a common virus - HPV. There are about 130 different types of HPV, but only 15 cause cancer.

Myth 3: Getting cervical cancer is linked to being sexually promiscuous

HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, via sexual intercourse or contact at the genital area, as well as non-sexual contact, such as mother to infant during delivery. Women can still be infected having just one partner, as long as they are sexually active.

Myth 4: I am feeling well, I do not have HPV infection

Cancer causing HPV is silent. Infected individuals do not know that they are infected and may unknowingly speadthe virus. Early cervical cancer has no signs or symptoms, this is why regular screening and prevention are critical.

Myth 5: If I have a normal Pap smear, it means I will not have cervical cancer

A pap smear is a screening test to detect any changes in cervical cells. One normal Pap smear is not enough to protect you from cervical cancer. In Singapore, all woman aged between 25 and 69 years old who ever have had sex are advised to have a pap smear done once every 3 years.

Myth 6: Pap smear program is effective, HPV vaccination is unnecessary

Pap smears and HPV vaccination play different roles in the holistic prevention of cervical cancer. Pap smear detected changed in the cells of your cervix which may develop into cancer later. Vaccination help to prevent certain HPV infections and reduce the risk of developing cervical pre-cancers and cervical cancer.

Myth 7: I am already sexually active, so the vaccine will not work for me

The best time to vaccinate is prior to sexual debut. However, HPV vaccine has been proven to protect thousands of women in the clinical trials who were already sexually active.

Myth 8: My daughter is too young to be vaccinated. She won't be at risk of cervical cancer at the age of 10.

Immune response is stronger when vaccinating young. Singapore has included HPV vaccination into it's National Childhood Immunization Programme starting from age 9-26 years old.

Myth 9: Vaccinating adolescents will encourage sexual promiscuity

The goal of vaccinations is to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Therefore, vaccination should not encourage promiscuity.

Myth 10: I must wait for my daughter's menses before vaccination

Vaccination will not impact the onset of the menstrual cycle. The antibodies generated by the vaccine will not interfere with adolescent development.

Side Effects associated with HPV vaccine:

  • injected site pain, redness

  • low grade fever

  • fatigue



More photos from the event...


Pretty balloons in pretty colors~ If I ever have a party, I shall have this color theme!!


Protect to tell: Stay vigilant and increase awareness of Cervical Cancer protection.


Me and my pinky balloon! :D

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There were talks by quite a few professionals that day, and I learnt alot!


And cakes from Lady M!

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There was this mushroom soup which I really love too! I had three bowls (opps!) at the event, but I'm not sure if Lady M have this mushroom soup usually..


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Disclaimer: Protect to Tell – Cervical Cancer Awareness on 12th April 2014 was held as a lunch session, organized and sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd. I was not paid for participating in the event. All personal views expressed here are entirely my own.

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