Cervical cancer ranks as the Philippines’ second most frequent cancer among women from 15 to 44 years old, but screening rates in the country are low. Numerous reasons for the low screening rates include the lack of awareness that cervical cancer is curable, the lack of symptoms associated with cervical cancer, the lack of compliance and follow-up, and the lack of screening and treatment facilities and expertise – the doctors.
To solve this says, Dr. Jesus Randy Rivera, founder of CerviQ, “We need to simplify the screening process to increase stakeholders, offer the same days results to avoid compliance issues, yet maintaining accuracy. And this can be done by improving the Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid experience – another screening tool sanctioned by the World Health Organization.”
“By using a magnifying tool such as a colposcope coupled with artificial intelligence, any licensed midwife could be trained to place a speculum, conduct VIA and take photos of the cervix. The images are sent for Artificial Intelligence interpretation, also known as Automated Visual Evaluation, and referred to a medical specialist trained in VIA evaluation. Medical specialists can read the result anywhere and could provide the final diagnosis in minutes. Artificial intelligence aids medical specialists OBJECTIVELY. Furthermore, a report is instantaneously generated that could be printed out in seconds, or saved as pdf, or saved in the cloud for later comparison”, he added.
CERVICAL CANCER ADVOCATE: WHEEL CAN CERV
A cervical cancer advocate group for women, the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines (IWCPI) Incumbent National President Emily Duterte, and Chairperson of the IWCPI International-directed project dubbed “Wheel Can Cerv” set out the “Training of Trainers – Save Women’s Lives” project which aims to educate midwives with the use of the first artificial intelligence VIA-based colposcope to be used for cervical cancer screening in the Philippines – Cerviray AI.
BENEFICIARY: Philippine Society of Private Midwife Clinic Owners Inc. – Bulacan Chapter
The first beneficiary of such training was handed to the Philippine Society of Private Midwife Clinic Owners – Bulacan Chapter, headed by incumbent President Ms. Nor Coronel Alcarion. A total of close to forty midwives attended the didactic training followed by a short practicum on how to handle the colposcope.