FREE PAP SMEAR SCREENING FOR FEMALE SINGAPOREANS AND PRs DURING THE MONTH OF MAY
The Singapore Cancer Society will hold its 7 Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CvCAM) in May 2012 and aims to encourage more women to take advantage of its free Pap smear screening services which will be offered at 136 clinics island-wide during the month. The Society also hopes to increase public awareness of this cancer through public forums which will be in English and Mandarin on 19 May 2012.
Cervical cancer was once ranked the second most common cancer among women (for the five-year period 1968 – 1972) and is currently ranked ninth. With increased public awareness and easy accessibility to screening services, the incidence rate has decreased from 18.0 women in 100,000 (1968 – 1972) to 7.5 women in 100,000 (2006 – 2010). Despite the decrease in incidence rates, cervical cancer still strikes some 200 women each year on average and claims 70 lives. This cancer is highly preventable and curable when detected in its early stages.
Said Mr Choo Eng Chuan, Chairman of SCS, “This year’s CvCAM’s tagline, ‘Eradication of Cervical Cancer, Simply Getting There’ reflects the approach that the Society has taken all along to educate women in Singapore on the risk factors and warning symptoms of cervical cancer. We also want to encourage regular Pap smear screening among women in our efforts to eradicate this cancer.”
Dr See Hui Ti, Chairman of the Cervical Cancer Organising Committee, said, “We are greatly encouraged to see the rates of cervical cancer dropping rapidly to the current ranking of ninth. This is a perfect example of how improving awareness and promoting early screening and detection can prevent cancer. Pap smear screening continues to be safe and cost effective and now that we also have available the Human Papilloma Virus Vaccinations, we are confident that cervical cancer will be knocked off the top ten list in the next five years and that it will continue to have a positive impact!”
Since 1969, SCS has been providing free Pap smear screening services at its clinic. However, during the CvCAM month of May, SCS has collaborated with various healthcare service providers and doctors to offer free Pap smear screening at 136 clinics island-wide to all female Singaporeans and PRs aged 25 – 69 who are or have been sexually-active. During CvCAM last year, 3,724 women were screened through 105 participating clinics. This year, with a wider network of 136 clinics, SCS aims to screen more than 4,500 women.
The participating clinics will display the CvCAM decal (above picture) and are listed on SCS’ website: www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg. Members of the public can also call 6421 5867 or email:
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