By: Romelyn Torralba
May 16, 2018
Presidential Proclamation No. 368, series of 2003 declares the month of May of every year as Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month (CCCM) to raise awareness on cervical cancer prevention and importance of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination. In compliance to this, the Department of Health enjoins medical specialty societies, government and non-government organizations, professional associations and allied groups to observe the said event.
This year's theme is "Kalusugan ng Mag-ina ay Pahalagahan. Magpa-cervical cancer screening at Magpa-bakuna laban sa HPV!": which aims to increase awareness about cervical cancer prevention through screening for 25 years old and above mothers and HPV vaccine for their 9-13 years old female public school daughters.
The campaign emphasizes the importance of regular cervical cancer screening and encourages women to undergo the said screening such as Pap smear and visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid (VIA).