Today, Cervical cancer is 2nd most common cancer for women in Philippines, and there are about 12 women who die from this deadly disease every day. It has also been one of the carcinomas with highest mortality because it is commonly detected at a late stage.

Its a good thing that, a FREE cervical cancer screening in DOH hospitals is available for women aged 21 and above. All 58 DOH hospitals participated in the said program. This free screening is part of the celebration of the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM), which is commemorated annually on the month May. All women aged 21 years old and above can avail of the free cervical cancer screening at 58 DOH-retained and -affiliated hospitals.

Here is the screening schedule that will be followed:

Metro Manila is scheduled every Wednesday
Luzon every Friday
Visayas every Tuesday; and
Mindanao every Thursday

Those who wish to avail of free screening can coordinate with the ob-gyne department of hospitals. For more information, the following DOH telephone numbers can be reached: 651-7800 locals 1751 and 1752.

All patients can avail of the free screening, however, only those who are members of the PhilHealth Z Benefit Package program can avail of the free vaccination or treatment in its early stage.

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks cervical cancer as the second most common cancer in women between the ages of 15-44 in the Philippines. Breast cancer remains the most common.

Early detection is key to prevention

Dr. Rey delos Reyes, a former president of Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) said that screening is the easiest way to detect cervical cancer in its early stage and would later save a patient from spending further on expenses.

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