Wednesday, 21 August, 2019


Kenya Marks Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Dr Wendy McMullen Dr Kalpana Ragupathy and senior charge nurse  colposcopist Elaine Coupar Supplied Dr Wendy McMullen Dr Kalpana Ragupathy and senior charge nurse colposcopist Elaine Coupar
Patty Aguilar | 25 January, 2019, 22:12

Writing on Facebook, Heather explained: "I want to share my story, to help others be more aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer".

"Hui participant responses to the idea were generally very positive, with women using terms such as "easier", "more comfortable", "less intrusive" and "brilliant".

A study, led by Victoria University of Wellington's Te Tātai Hauora o Hine Centre for Women's Health Research, surveyed 500 Māori women who had not been screened regularly, about whether they would want to do a new self-test looking for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV).

This TDH press release on January 22, 2019, says cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent preventable through routine Pap screenings, living tobacco-free and receiving the recommended human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.

Research has revealed that fear is among the main reasons young women delay their routine smear tests.

The campaign asks people to share lipstick smeared selfies or a short film to raise awareness that smear tests prevent cervical cancer and provide tips to make the test better.

Cervical cancer is considered the second most common cancer worldwide as one in every five women suffer from cervical cancer in India.

Every year in the United Kingdom, around 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, making it the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under.

A worrying two thirds (67%) say they would not feel in control at the prospect of a test. A person observed with abnormal cells through Pap test is recommended to opt for HPV testing for further evaluation of cervical cancer.

Around 75% of eligible women took up the offer of a smear test in 2018, compared to 70% the previous year.

"Our findings suggest that, implemented in a flexible and culturally sensitive way, HPV self-testing could be very acceptable for Māori women who find current screening unacceptable", Adcock said.

"We have been doing this free and public schools for gosh six or seven, maybe even longer years now", said Ms. Weber.

Replying to Maclean's request the PM replied: "I think her experience shows exactly why it's so important for women to take up this test and we do need to encourage more women to undertake their cervical screening test".

The government still hasn't decided when the new HPV screening test will be rolled out.

She said: "I, as a Prime Minister, can stand here and say this - I know what it's like to go through a cervical smear test".

The HPV vaccine can prevent infection with the HPV virus and prevent cervical cancer.

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