Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shoot Out HPV! Cervical Cancer Event

Did you know that cervical cancer is the 2nd biggest cause of cancer death among women in the Philippines? That it can be prevented? I didn’t. So when I got an invite from Bravehearts Organization to an event on Cervical Cancer awareness “Shoot Out HPV”, I didn’t think twice. I needed to learn more.

The event was held at Bizu Greenbelt where I met new faces from the blogging world. This is where I realized that not all blogs are about makeups/skincare, fashion, beauty, etc and that not everyone visits such blogs! I know I’m shallow and funny for being so naïve but haha its true. Going back, while we ate our delectable course, they had the talk on cervical cancer by Dr. Rebecca Singson. Let me tell you guys, I started with 5% knowledge of cervical cancer and ended up with 70% ideas with me 99% convinced of getting vaccination. As they always say, It’s better safe than sorry! So after that we went to Armscor a target shooting place in relation with the event title Shoot-out HPV (We’re gonna target cervical cancer, the”X” mark). Yeah target shooting for the “mostly female” inhabited group..a few were scared but everyone gave their best.:) The feeling of power once the trigger about excitement! It’s one heck of an experience that I’d surely be doing again.

Fast Facts About Cervical Cancer:
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, with 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths reported each year. Over 80% of cases occur in developing countries including the Philippines, where it is ranked as the second most common cancer afflicting Filipino women. Yet few women realize that cervical cancer is actually treatable if diagnosed early.
Preventing Cervical Cancer through the Single Visit Approach (SVA ) ,Cryotherapy and Vaccination:
One of the primary goals of CECAP is to fund cervical cancer screenings throughout the Philippines by using the Single Visit Approach (SVA) and on-the-spot treatment through cryotherapy.
SVA: The SVA combines both screening and treatment in one session. It uses an effective, low-resource screening method called the Visual Inspection using Acetic Acid (VIA), a simple technique that uses vinegar to detect precancerous lesions on the cervix and requires much less equipment and time investment than a PAP smear.
CRYOTHERAPY: a process where the areas with lesions are frozen using a common liquid coolant like carbon dioxide, effectively eliminating the abnormality and preventing possible progression to cancer.
VACCINATION: GSK’s cervical cancer vaccine provides significant protection for women against the two most common cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) types (HPV types 16 and 18) for nearly six and a half years, the longest duration of protection reported to date. In fact, the GSK cervical cancer vaccine does not demonstrate, at the moment, the need for a booster shot even after 6 years of vaccination. HPV types 16 and 18, together, are responsible for over 70 percent of cervical cancer cases in Asia Pacific. GSK’s cervical cancer vaccine has also shown efficacy against persistent infection caused by 12 other cancer-causing HPV types beyond HPV 16 and 18. Designed for both young and mature women, females from 10 years old onwards can be vaccinated using GSK’s cervical cancer vaccine.

About the Organization:

A multi-sectoral coalition led by the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network (CECAP) and the Cancer Institute Foundation (CIF), Bravehearts is dedicated to raising awareness on cervical cancer prevention. Bravehearts is currently supported by a growing number of women, including prominent personalities such as Sen. Loren Legarda, Rina Jimenez David, Ellen Tordesillas, Atty. Gaby Concepcion, and Suzi Entrata.

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