Cervical cancer is one of the preventable cancers. But, according to WHO cancer country profiles, 2014, cervical cancer has an incidence of 5.3% for Myanmar women. It also stated that Myanmar do not generally have PAP smear or VIA test at the public primary health care level for early detection. Moreover, vaccination for HPV is also not widely available. Myanmar ladies are usually shy to speak out if they have any symptoms leading to late diagnosis. Thus, this cervical cancer awareness campaign aims to provide primary prevention. Although not recorded specifically, nearly 13% of Myanmar women lost their lives to cervical cancer annually. To reduce discovering the cervical cancer at advanced stages, health education and screening play important roles. In line with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, January 2018, Parkway Cancer Centre celebrates an awareness campaign for cervical cancer for the whole month in Myanmar. Goal
Venue – CBL Medical Centre
Health Talk – 22nd Jan 2018 (from 9 AM to 11 AM) @ Meeting Hall
Speaker Dr Khoo Kei Siong
VIA Test – from 23rd to 29th Jan 2018 (from 9 AM to 4 PM)
Counselling – from 23rd to 29th Jan 2018 (from 9 AM to 4 PM)
Women of reproductive age (15 to 49 years old)
Thank you for your interest. Registration for our Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign has been closed. We hope you will be able to join us again in our future campaigns and events.
What is VIA Test? VIA test means visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). The test involves inserting a vaginal speculum and swabbing the cervix with 3% to 5% acetic acid solution (ordinary table vinegar) before doing a cervical inspection. Normal squamous epithelium is light pink in colour and the columnar epithelium is red. Acetowhite lesion could be found in pre-cancerous lesions and can be detected even at very early stage. If the test is positive, further investigations are advised. Video Credit to Jo’s Trust
Why VIA Test? VIA test is less costly, easy to perform and highly sensitive (56% to 94%). The test result can be known once the test is finished as it does not need lab facilities. When should you do VIA Test? VIA test should not be done if you are on period. It is advised to do VIA test once a year to get 90% detection of cervical cancer at early stage.