WHAT: HPV and Cervical Cancer Awareness in partnership with the City Personnel’s Office City of Manila
WHEN: March 8, 2022
WHERE: Manila City Hall – Personnel Office, City of Manila
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Promoting women’s health safety and well-being to the Personnel Section of Manila City Hall. CerviQ would like to thank Ms. Jo Quintos and Ms. Clarise for which this project would not have been possible.
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CerviQ is a social enterprise that helps eliminate cervical cancer in the Philippines through cervical cancer awareness, prevention, early detection, and treatment; and strengthens our data repository for comparative studies, research purposes and to improve our cancer registry.
WHY CERVICAL CANCER?
Among the cancers known to man, ONLY Cervical Cancer can be eliminated. The World Health Organization issued a GLOBAL call to action in May 2018 to eliminate Cervical Cancer underscoring the POLITICAL WILL to make elimination a reality.
HOW AND CAN IT BE DONE?
To set countries on the path toward elimination, the World Health Assembly adopted the Global Strategy for cervical cancer elimination, where each country needs to meet the 90-70-90 targets by 2030 where:
• Vaccination: 90% of girls are fully vaccinated with the HPV vaccine by the age of 15;
• Screening: 70% of women were screened using a high-performance test by the age of 35, and again by the age of 45;
• Treatment: 90% of women with pre-cancer were treated and 90% of women with invasive cancer were managed.
Australia will be the first country in the world set to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035.
WHERE WE STAND.
Cervical Cancer in the Philippines is the second leading cause of cancer in women after breast. About 11 Filipino women lose their lives to cervical cancer each day.
Based on the latest WHO report on the Philippine Cervical Cancer Profile, our HPV vaccination coverage is at 5% (WHO GOAL: 90%) and cervical screening coverage is at 1% (WHO GOAL: 70%).
The failure to control cervical cancer in the Philippines is multifactorial in nature. The lack of cervical health awareness and the lack of screening facilities, doctors/experts, immunization program coverage, and treatment facilities, especially in rural areas are some of the causes of failure.
HPV vaccination is part of the National Health Immunization Program, yet so few get the vaccine. A result of the lack of awareness even among those who are able to buy the vaccine.
Awareness campaigns are essential. However, without enough doctors to screen 17.5 million women every three to five years (representing 70% of the total population of women aged 25 to 65 years old), cervical cancer elimination is impossible to achieve.
To help boost cervical screening in the country, CerviQ and affiliates conduct cervical health awareness, barangay to barangay, community after community, followed by cervical screening aided by technology. We use a colposcope coupled with artificial intelligence (CERVIRAY AI – https://cerviqmed.com) that can detect cervical precancers with high accuracy.
Cervical screening is done using the VIA approach and is delivered by midwives. Using the colposcope, midwives take a photo of the cervix and send it over the internet for artificial intelligence evaluation. Initial results come back in 5 minutes. Images are then sent over the internet to a specialized OB where final results are delivered, printed, or sent to the patient via email, or on social media platforms.