The newly available global cancer statistics show that, in 2012, cervical cancer was the third commonest cancer among women. In Singapore, cervical cancer has shown a declining incidence over the last three decades but remains one of the 10 most common cancers in women.
Every year, more than 200 Singaporean women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 100 women die from it.
Yes! Most cases of cervical cancer can be prevented.
Vaccination during adolescence against these HPV infections is an effective method in reducing a woman’s risk of cervical cancer in the later years of life.
Your life is in your hands. Depending on your age, you may take the following strategies to protect yourself against cervical cancer:
Cervical cancer/CIN screening:
If a woman has a negative test, her risk for cervical cancer is extremely unlikely in the next decade. She can confidently lengthen her screening interval to five years. This has been shown to be more cost-effective than conventional Pap smear screening alone.
• There are three possible outcomes of screening:
You should not change your routine visit to your gynaecologist. Although your cervical cancer screening is done at five-yearly intervals, you still need to see your gynaecologist for a number of reasons, for example:
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