May 3, 2011

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Tadi masa tengah godek-godek wallet, terjumpa resit cervical cancer vaccination. i took the vaccination package a few months ago. Alhamdulillah dah habis amek all three dosage of the vaccine. Tiba-tiba rasa nak membebel pasal Cervical Cancer or kanser pangkal rahim dalam bahasa Melayu nya. i hope you girls who are reading this post will be influenced to take this vaccine. It could help save your life. InsyaAllah.

*i don't get anything by saying this, just purely for sharing. Sharing is loving gitewww..*

So here goes:

Did you know that cervical cancer is second to breast cancer in causing cancer deaths in women worldwide and is the 2nd most common cancer in Malaysian Women? 

Did you know that cervical cancer is the 5th most common cancer in women worldwide with approximately 471,000 new cases diagnosed each year?

Did you know that a woman dies of cervical cancer approximately every 2 minute?

So what is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens at the top of the vagina and it's mostly caused by sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). Over time, the cervical cancer can invade more deeply into the cervix and nearby tissues.The cancer cells can spread by breaking away from the original (primary) tumor. They enter blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into all the tissues of the body. The cancer cells may attach to other tissues and grow to form new tumors that may damage those tissues.

It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope).

You are at a greater risk of having cervical cancer if you:

  • Started having sex at an early age
  • Have multiple sexual partners
  • Have not undergo Pap smears
  • Have sexual partners who have multiple partners or who participate in high-risk sexual activities
  • Are a woman whose mother took the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy in the early 1960s to prevent miscarriage
  • Are a smoker
  • Have many children
  • Have weakened immune system

Now i know most of you thought "Aku belum kawen, so takde risk pon nak dapat kanser servik ni.." or "i'm a virgin, impossible of me getting infected by HPV and get cervical cancer". i know, because i once thought of the same thing. But married or single, virgin or not, it is better to have ourselves vaccinated. Because sooner or later you are gonna get married, you are gonna have sex. If you are vaccinated, you'll have one less thing to worry about. Think of this vaccine as an insurance. Bak kate orang Melayu, sediakan payung sebelum hujan.

I'm sure many of you have heard that the Malaysian government has started given cervical cancer vaccinations for all 13-year-old girls starting last year. This is a good measure taken by the government to help reduce the risk of Malaysian being infected by this disease. Tapi masalahnya, wanita-wanita yang berumur 14 tahun ke atas tahun lepas are not given this vaccine by the government. We have to take our own initiative to get vaccinated.

i'm lucky because The Company had held a Health Day in the office last year and a woman health clinic came and gave us a long, long lecture about cervical cancer. The talk was scary okay! Diorang tunjuk macam-macam gambar pasal cervical cancer ni. Paling sedih bila diorang cakap "Bayangkan.. You ada anak.. Kecik-kecik lagi. Tapi umur you tak panjang sebab ada kanser serviks ni. Tak kesian ke anak-anak you takde mak?" Yes, this vaccine is expensive (around RM600-RM750 in Malaysia). Tapi apalah sangat RM600 untuk kesihatan sendiri kan? Baik amek vaksin daripada beli handbag/sunglasses/shoes/jewelries/pegi holiday. Syukur jugak we were offered little discount (a pay-twice installment package) by the women's clinic so my colleagues and i took this opportunity to get vaccinated.

Now i'm not saying that this vaccine is a warranty for a cervical cancer-less life. No one can guarantee that. But it HELPS to lower the risk of us being infected by the HPV.

 There are two cervical cancer vaccine; Cervarix and Gardasil. Cervarix is the one we were vaccinated with.

Ini lah rupa saya mase kene cucuk. Selekeh jugak laaa. Agak sakit sebab jarum dia agak besar. Lepas kene cucuk tu tangan memang akan lenguh la sehari dua.

Tangan lenguh pon kene kontrol macho beb. 
*kitorang kene cucuk ni kat opis. Sebab amek pakej beramai-ramai maka mereka datang opis mencucuk beramai-ramai*

So women! Go to your nearest clinic to enquire about this vaccine today. Some clinics do have this vaccine but most woman health clinics offer a package on this. Jangan malu bertanya. Kalau berani (lagi-lagi yang dah kahwin) sila lah buat Pap Smear to check your cervical health. Kepada orang yang belum berkahwin seperti saya ni, amek je la vaksin dulu. Hehe.

Info sources:
-PubMed Health
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