Saturday, June 02, 2012

break the cervical cancer silence

(another very belated post... eek!)

It's the time of the month again and I'm not talking about your menses. I attended the launch of Power Over Cervical Cancer (POCC) and this year the theme is Breaking The Silence. 

As a POCC blogger ambassador and even more so as a doctor, I cannot stress enough on the importance of pap smears. 

"Basically what POCC wants to do is to highlight the subject of cervical cancer and inform people of ways to prevent it. You can take a jab of HPV vaccine or/and most importantly get a pap smear examination. Seriously my corny words seem so intelligent now: don't be ignorant. If it's time to get a pap, go get it. It's not a taboo anymore. Not since The Pill was invented. With liberation comes consequences and if you're having sex, you bloody should take care of your cervix and get it checked. You service your car, don't you?? You get a blood test ever once in awhile right?? So why don't you examine your precious little cervix? You're gonna need it 'till the end of time... and it's not like some f*cked-up carburator that you can just pluck out and replace!" Read more on my previous post here.

Say it with me ladies, 'Don't be a fool. Protect your tool.' 

That's Ms Rubi-Ain of National Cancer Society Malaysia along with Dr Dalilah and GSK ripping a band-aid out of Rina's mouth! 

Sarimah did a wonderful job hosting the event along with the other POCC ambassadors: Genevieve Sambhi, Vanessa and Pamela Chong.

A group picture with the Pink Ladies. Tough as nails women who have battled cancer and lives to tell their harrowing story. 

It wasn't my smoothest moment but I just had to tell Genevieve Sambhi that I've retold her story many a time when giving cervical cancer awareness talks to the patients and people of my community clinic. She does serve to be an inspiration to us all. 

Cervical cancer trivia that I learnt during the campaign (I wouldn't trust a doctor who claims to know EVERYTHING. We don't. There's always something new to be learnt because our business it's a lifelong learning business. Trust a doctor who recognizes his/her shortcomings but is willing to find out the truth):

- Worldwide, one woman dies of cervical cancer every 2 minutes
- Cervical cancer is the 3rd commonest female cancer in Malaysia
- 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- HPV can be transmitted via sexual (sexual intercourse, genital-genital, manual-genital, oral-genital) and non-sexual routes: extra-genital (undergarments, contaminated medical tools?) and vertical (mother-child)
- 80% of women will acquire HPV infections throughout their lives as penetrative intercourse is not necessary for infection
- Every sexually-active woman is at risk of acquiring an oncogenic (meaning cancer-causing) HPV infection

Get a HPV vaccine. Get a pap smear. Take a POCC pledge here. Educate your family and friends. Break the silence.


ms.bulat said...

Clicked your old post as linked. And I had to search on google how does a healthy cervix looks like cus the jpg wouldn't load on your old blogpost link. It was truly eye opening and think you so much fr sharing:)

shelbybaby said...

ms bulat: thank you so much for the alert on the broken links. i've since updated the post with proper jpegs. i'm glad it helped create some awareness. do tell your friends and family :)

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