Cervical Cancer is one of the most common cancers afflicting women around the world. It is women’s second worst enemy. Although considered as a preventable disease, the incidence of cervical cancer in the Philippines remains to be moderately high.
Last June 10, 2014, Dr. Lissa Theresa Pedro-Resurrecion addressed the KSearch ladies and discussed the signs & symptoms, early detection, prevention and treatment of this dreaded cancer. She had her training in family and community medicine at the Philippine General Hospital where she developed her passion and skills for wellness and preventive medicine. She is also a frequent resource speaker for a number of HMOs, companies, schools and groups, conducting Health and Wellness lectures to the lay people on topics such as Stress Management, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Healthy Lifestyle, Weight Management, and HIV/AIDS to name a few.
Dr. Lissa explained that most cervical cancer cases have been caused by HPV or the Human Papilloma Virus. Studies have shown that 90% of HPV infection cases will be cleared within 2 years. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts while some can be acquired by skin to skin contact.
Early diagnosis always helps in the prevention of cancer. In this case, Pap Smear is the first step in arresting the possible development of Cervical Cancer. In addition, prophylactic Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (Cervarix or Gardasil) helps to prevent genital warts and other related infection. Both vaccines are given in three shots over six months and are best given to girls with the age range of 11 and 12 or before intimate contact.
In most cases, the recommended treatments are the following:
· Hysterectomy – removal of the uterus
· Radiation Therapy – uses high dose X-rays or implants in the vaginal cavity to kill cancer cells.
· Chemotherapy – uses anti-cancer drugs that are injected into vein or given by mouth.
Women of all ages are at risk of having Cervical Cancer, but it occurs most often in women over age 30. To have a better understanding of this disease, our company conducted this seminar for us to be aware of the causes, prevention methods and treatment of Cervical Cancer. After all, prevention is infinitely better than cure. Then, of course, we are only too glad that KSearch cares.
Lean Joy Varias, Administration Associate