National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

One-third women avoid smear tests due to embarrassment

National Reference Laboratory, NRL, a Mubadala Investment Company, is encouraging all females to follow the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, MOHAP, and the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, "Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening" which recommend that all females aged 25 to 65 years undergo a Papanicolaou test, also known as Pap smear test, every three to five years; and, all females aged 15 to 26 years receive the HPV vaccination.

According to Duska, although different types of cervical cancer can be induced by a number of environmental factors, most types of cervical cancer are caused by a particular virus called the human papillomavirus.

It's estimated that about 79 million Americans have HPV but many don't even know they're infected, as most people never develop symptoms.

Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by a high-risk type of HPV.

Across the United States, the month of January provides an opportunity to begin the conversation about the importance of cervical cancer screening. You can help prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21.

In the past few years, the recommendations for cervical cancer screening have been revised.

The goal is to improve early cervical cancer detection.




The campaign is being launched to coincide with European Cervical Cancer Week and the Pearl of Wisdom Campaign, which has been running since 2008.

Incidents of cervical cancer have dropped dramatically in places like Northern America and Europe, according to Dr Wael Lakkis, a gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Jumeirah American Clinic in Dubai. Those efforts included telephoning women to set dates for Pap and HPV tests, and following up with those who made appointments but didn't keep them. An HPV test is not the same as the HPV vaccine. How often a woman needs to be screened depends on her age and health history.

Pearls of Wisdom, a symbol aimed at raising awareness of cervical cancer, will also be distributed at the Cork event.

This Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22 to 28 January 2017) we are urging all women, especially young women to attend their cervical smear test when invited - it could save lives. Experts recommend that all girls get an HPV vaccine before any sexual activity, by the time they are 11 or 12.

Boys are also encouraged to get the HPV vaccine.

Get regular Pap tests, which could help your doctor find and treat changing cells before they turn into cancer.

To increase awareness about cervical cancer this month, Malpass and Duska believe that more primary care physicians, pediatricians, and community members with adolescent and younger children need to be better educated about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine. The best way to prevent any sexually transmitted infection, including HPV, is to not have vaginal, oral or anal sex. In November, the Navy hospital received a Military Health System High Reliability in Healthcare Award in the health care quality and patient safety category.

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