• 20 priority provinces covered by cervical cancer screening


    ILOILO CITY: A total of 20 provinces in the country including Iloilo and Negros Occidental in Western Visayas are being prioritized in the free cervical cancer screening throughout the month of May 2015, in the observance of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The Department of Health regional office here identified the priority provinces as North Cotabato, Sarangani, Davao Oriental, Sulu, Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao in Mindanao; Iloilo and Negros Occidental in Western Visayas; Cebu and Negros Oriental in Central Visayas; Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Leyte in Eastern Visayas; Quezon, Camarines Sur, Masbate in Southern Luzon; and Apayao, Ifugao, and Pangasinan in Northern Luzon. The free screening will be offered to women 21 years old and above in 65 DOH-retained and selected private tertiary hospitals nationwide through a Pap smear or visual inspection method using acetic acid (VIA). on women who are sexually active or had a history of sexual contact.


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    1. I admire this concern for cervical cancer. Health is really important issue for our country and we although we lack in resource like facilities, medicines or doctors, I commend the government for this effort.