Alarming number of cervical cancer deaths recorded in PH, DOH to offer free screening this month

(SPOT.ph) The Department of Health (DOH) has expressed alarm over the high number of cases of cervical cancer deaths in the Philippines, with 3,807 fatalities out of the 7,277 new cases recorded each year, reports ABS-CBN News.

National Epidemiology Center Director Eric Tayag said most women die from the disease because they are unaware that they have it. He urged Filipinos to get tested once a year. This May, the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the DOH is offering free cervical cancer screening in their hospitals.

ABS-CBN News reports that cervical cancer is typically sexually transmitted and produces no symptoms in the early stages. A vaccine for the disease may be administered to Filipino women 10 years old and above, according to ABS-CBN News.

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