Cervical cancer is ranked second among the most common and most lethal cancer among women. Although this type of cancer is highly preventable, it is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. It is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among women in resource-poor settings likely due to the widespread infection with high-risk strains of human papilloma virus and limited utilization of or access to cervical cancer screening in many nations worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 500,000 cases of cervical cancer are expected worldwide, with approximately 240,000 deaths annually.

In the Philippines, 6,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, more than half of them will die in five years. Twelve women die from cervical cancer everyday despite of it being a preventable disease through screening and vaccination. Women with cervical cancer are not identified until they are at an advanced stage of disease, resulting in high morbidity and mortality.ervical cancer is potentially preventable, and effective screening programs can lead to significant reduction in the morbidity and mortality associated with cancer.

In year 2005, the Department of Health introduced VIA training in the Philippines. In the same year, DOH emphasized the importance of screening through the establishment of the Cervical Cancer Screening Program through the issuance of DOH Administrative Order No.2005-0006 which adopted visual inspection with acetic acid wash (VIA) as the screening method of choice for cervical cancer in the Philippines and shall be established at rural health units, district hospitals and provincial hospitals with no pap smear capability. However, due to the cost of the training, only limited VIA training and testing were made available, only to selected  number of hospitals and few rural health units.

Because of the Philippines geographic limitation, despite enormous efforts in developing health programs towards screening and prevention of cervical cancer, rural areas have difficulties implementing such. Many factors contribute to this which include limited access to training, lack of conventional cytology facilities and expertise, lack of treatment facilities, lack of patient’s compliance, lack of knowledge among women on symptoms associated with cervical cancer and a fatalistic attitude toward cancer in general.

In an effort therefore to help minimize, the growing risk of dying from the disease affecting women, Team Venus together with Public Health Midwife, Ms. Ann Hechanova, conducted a Cervical Awareness Day in Venus covered court. It was attended by eager female community residents.  The lecture  included anatomy of the cervix, epidemiology of cervical cancer, magnitude and risk factors of the disease, it signs and symptoms, misconceptions about cervical cancer screening, introduction to visual inspection of the cervix with 4% acetic acid (VIA), patient preparation before VIA, procedure and guidelines of VIA and anti-HPV vaccination. It was a very successful event. Indeed providing facts and knowledge to the people in the community may raise their awareness and even improve their practices on their health seeking behavior.





We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits


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