Thanks to La Senza for including me in their team in the fight against cervical cancer.
I was previously involved in another campaign to raise awareness regarding cervical cancer,
and it feels good to be pushing information on the same cause again.
The event to launch the effort was last week, held @ 1 Utama:
Denise Keller hosted the event
me, Jacklyn, Andrea and Alia writing our signs to be hung off the tree
Andrea Fonseka, Ching Yee, Teri Choong, Dr. Kamaljit, Angie Hng, Angie Chong, Jaclyn Victor, Joyce, Runi-Ain Dahlan, Alia Soraya, Nicholas Mok (HSBC)
Teri is a cervical cancer survivor who's spoke about her experience at the event.
Being a thoroughly vivacious speaker, she really brought our attention to how it not only affects our lives,
but our family's and the people who depend on us.
500,000 cervical cancer cases are reported annually
80% or more of these cases are from developing countries
270,000 deaths occur each year from cervical cancer
Every 2 minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer
In Asia Pacific,
266,000 cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in Asia Pacific
143,000 women from this figure die from this disease
41% of women in developing countries receive necessary treatment to survive
Every 4 minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer
Cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus (amongst other factors like smoking, and sexual habits)
It’s estimated that 50-80% of women will acquire a genital HPV infection in their lifetime,
with 50% of those infections potentially cancer-causing.
There are jabs available to prevent ourselves against cervical cancer,
but there have been some girls who've commented that they're expensive.
(It's from RM250 x 3 jabs, and above)
I think that as long as you get a PAP smear once a year (RM50-100),
you'll at least know whether you've caught an abnormal virus or not.
So just get your PAP smear regularly!
It takes half an hour or less, and at least you'll have peace of mind till the next year.
Imagine getting a cancer that you could have prevented!
That's the silliest thing imaginable.
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I had to mention, that after some googling and research,
it's been reported that Gardasil (one of the HPV vaccines) may cause infertility.
Read more about it *here* or go ahead and google whichever vaccine your doctor suggests to you.
I do NOT want to risk making myself infertile (yes i do want children!) so i'd rather get a PAP smear regularly instead of vaccines that are so new people are only discovering terrible side effects later on.
It's like we're the lab rats!
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