Cervical cancer is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is typically transmitted through sexual contact. It produces no signs or symptoms in its early stages. The disease, however, can be prevented by a cervical cancer vaccine, which can be administered to Filipinas ages 10 years and above. Most women die of cervical cancer because they are unaware that they have the disease, according to National Epdemiology Center Director Dr. Eric Tayag.
The Pasay City government is allotting P5 million for the free vaccination of around 2,000 indigent female residents against cervical cancer. Women aged 18 to 50 years old had gone to City Hall to avail themselves of the free vaccines. A lecture was also conducted to educate Pasay residents on cervical cancer and the importance of vaccination in beating the dreaded disease.
Cervical cancer is considered the second most common cancer worldwide, affecting women over 15 years of age. In the Philippines, around 6,000 women develop cervical cancer each year, according to the Department of Health.