Friday, April 25, 2014

Say NO! to Cervical Cancer

Upon receiving the invite, and RSVP for it without a second thought as I want to be part of the event to spread awareness for a good cause.

Cervical cancer is caused by a strain of virus – Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and the two main precautions taken against cervical cancer are Pap Smears and HPV vaccination, and with the help these options, we, ladies will have a better protection ourselves from contracting the disease.

HPV is commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse, via contact at the genital areas as well as pregnancy from the mother to the new-born during delivery.

HPV infection is silent, and unsuspecting infected individuals do not know that they may have contracted the disease and may unknowingly spread the virus. Regular screening and prevention is critical as early stages of cervical cancer show NO signs of symptoms.

The Cervical Cancer Awareness event was held at One Fullerton at Lady M Confections.

It always nice to indulge on the delicious cakes and understand more about Cervical Cancer and on how we can protect ourselves against it.

Signature Cakes by LADY M and light bites were served before the event commenced.

Cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cancer affecting women. An alarming 500,000 women are diagnosed each year globally. Over the years, efforts have been put in to educate the public on the measures taken for cervical cancer prevention. 

Pap Smear Screening Test helps to detect changes in the cells of the cervix which may develop into cancerous cells. HPV Vaccination helps to prevent HPV infection and REDUCE the RISK of developing cervical cancer.
Pap Smear Screening Tests are THE initial tests to detect any changes in the cervical cells. One normal Pap Smear IS NOT ENOUGH to protect against cervical cancer.

Prof Tay Sun Kui, Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, SGH started his speech on some common myths of cervical cancer, and the speech presentation was followed by Senior Consultant Gynaecologist, Dr. Chia Yin Nin.

Dr. Chia shared her 15 years of Gynaecology practice with us and she has seen patients from all walks of life coming to her in all in different cancer stages.

Everyone including myself will have a wrong idea of the cause for cervical cancer, as you and I will think that a commercial sex worker who involve herself with prostitution will have a high risk in contracting this dreadful disease. 

As per Dr. Chia’s reply during the event, the answer is No but in fact, they were the ones least susceptible to cervical cancer, as they need to obtain a license/grant to practice sexual relations, as a result it is mandatory to go for a Pap Smear Screening once every 6 months.

Cervical Cancer victims hit women with no family medical history background, which means it may happen to anyone. As per Dr. Chia’s experience the high risk group people are the regular house wives, aunties that you meet either in the wet or supermarket and of course those who believe that they will never get into contact with this disease.

Dr.Chia told us her youngest patient, age 27, passed away from Cervical Cancer when she was first diagnosed at the age of 25. She added that it was quite a painful to see her departure as she left 3 young kids and an 18-month old baby. Upon seeing this heart wrenching scene, she told herself to be more aggressive in conveying the awareness through public education in preventing cervical cancer.

Dr Chia showed us some awful pictures of the early stages of cervical cancer, and they were quite a turn off. Do bear in mind early cervical cancer has no signs or symptoms; this is why regular screening and prevention are critical. In Singapore, all women aged between 25-29 years old who have intercourse are advised to have the Pap Smear tested once every 3 years.

Get your FREE Pap smear done today!
Free Pap smear provided at our Bishan clinic 6499 9133 to make an appointment.

Show some love to all the people around you as SHARING is always CARING…

Thanks LADY M for the kind and warm hospitality! I love their cakes very much and I will be back for their desserts soon…

'Protect to Tell– Cervical Cancer Awareness’ on 12th April 2014 Sat (the 'Event')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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