The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) connecting the body of the uterus to the vagina (birth canal). Cancer of the cervix is the most common cancer of the woman's reproductive system and is the sixth most common cancer in women in Singapore.
cancer is the only female cancer that we can prevent as it has a very effective
screening tool in addition to the cervical cancer vaccine.
national cervical cancer screening guideline recommends women to go for regular
cervical cancer screening as this will allow for the detection of abnormal
pre-cancer cells that can be easily and effectively treated before cancerous
who have ever been sexually active between 25 and 69 years old are recommended
to go for cervical cancer screening. Current national cervical cancer screening
- Women between 25 and 29 years old: Pap smear every 3 years
- Women between 30 and 69 years old: HPV test every 5 years.
vaccine is licensed in Singapore to both boys and girls between 9 to 26 years
old. It protects women from getting infected by cancer-related HPV strains if
they are exposed in future, similar to getting the flu vaccine to prevent
catching the flu.
vaccine does not protect from all cancer-causing HPV infections but will
protect up to 90% of cervical cancer worldwide.
go for regular screening (to detect current cancer-causing HPV infections) and
has taken the HPV vaccine (to protect form future cancer-causing HPV
infections), can be reassured that their risks of getting cervical cancer in
future are very low.
For more information about Cervical Cancer, click here.