May 29, 2010
It was reported in Channel News Asia yesterday that only 3 percent of the population is vaccinated against cervical cancer which is the second most common cancer among Singapore women after breast cancer.
Cervical cancer vaccination is not compulsory in Singapore though it is recommended by the Ministry of Health.
It is important to take note that while vaccination offers women a certain degree of protection against cervical cancer, routine PAP smear screening is strongly encouraged.
Women between the ages of 25 and 65 should go for PAP smear screening once every three years unless their smears are abnormal which require a repeat smear to be done sooner or referral to a gynaecologist for follow-up.
Cervical Cancer and HPV
Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is transmitted commonly via sexual intercourse. There are over 40 subtypes of HPV which infect the genital tracts of both men and women, some of which can cause cervical cancer. Others cause benign skin lesions known as genital warts. Earlier age of sexual intercourse and multiple sex partners increase one’s risk of getting cervical cancer.
Scare and fear mongering….the HPV vaccines are NOT cervical cancer vaccines. False advertising…..for shame, for shame on an uneducated and innocent population.