By Walter I. Balane
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/3 June) – Board member Marivic Montesclaros, chair of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s committee on health, has filed a resolution urging the Department of Health to conduct a series of screening for cervical cancer in the province to encourage the women to avail of the newly formulated vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Montesclaros told MindaNews so far cervical cancer screening is available only among private practitioners and inaccessible to most women.
She cited the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network of the Philippines, which declared that cervical cancer is the second leading type of cancer in the country killing one in every four women.
HPV leads to cervical cancer.
[Note from SaneVax: HPV has not been established to be a sole cause of cervical cancer. It may lead to cervical cancer, but to date – not even the most expert scientists know what other factors must be present in order for HPV infected cells to begin the progression to cervical cancer. This article makes no mention of the fact that 90% of HPV infections clear on their own, with no medical intervention and that only about 1% of the infections left will ever progress to cervical cancer.
In our humble opinion, the Phillipine citizens would be much better off if cervical cancer screening were implemented instead of HPV vaccines that will take decades to document whether they are efficacious or not.]