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Cervical Cancer Awareness

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the Philippines, with women between ages 15 to 44 at greater risk. Early detection is critical for treatment, so it is good to be aware of causes, symptoms, and prevention.


Cervical cancer is caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) that is sexually transmitted. Even skin-to-skin genital contact is a well-recognized mode of transmission, according to the WHO.



The most practical and reliable way to detect early cervical cancer is through Pap smear. The first Pap smear should be done three years after the first vaginal intercourse. Unmarried women who have never had sexual activity should have the test at age 35.



The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.