Find out the truth behind the myths of cervical cancer, and how you can protect yourself (and your daughter) from getting infected.
Cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer among women in Singapore.1 However, it is preventable and can be curable if it is treated in the pre-cancerous stage.2
There have been great efforts made over the past few years to increase awareness about cervical cancer and the ways to prevent it. This includes dispelling the common myths about cervical cancer to help women (and parents) better understand cervical cancer prevention.
If you’d like to know more about cervical cancer and how to protect yourself and your daughter, check out the top myths about cervical cancer, and the truth behind them:
Myth #1: Cervical cancer is not common, it can never happen to me
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women worldwide, with approximately 500,000 new cases diagnosed annually and around 270,000 deaths attributed to cervical cancer each year.3 In Singapore, cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer among women.1
A total of 911 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed from 2008-2012 and 360 deaths were reported for the same period.1
Thus, it is best to do all you can to protect yourself from getting infected.
Myth #2: I am not at risk of cervical cancer as there is no history of such a disease in my family
There are still some women all around the world who choose not to get screened for cervical cancer because they believe that they are not at risk because they have no family history of the disease.
However, almost all cases of cervical cancer occur in women with no previous family history as it is linked to infection with the common virus called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) .4
To date, there are more than 100 different sub-types of HPV6, but only 15 HPV types has been classified as high risk for development of cervical cancer.4 The most common high risk HPV types are HPV 16, 18, 31 and 45.4