– Cervical cancer ranked second most common cancer worldwide, but nearly all cases can be prevented
– Fifty percent increase in Pap tests performed at Mafraq Hospital’s gynaecological clinic since campaign launched
Abu Dhabi, UAE: April 3, 2011- Mafraq Hospital has recently launched an awareness campaign to educate young women about Cervical Cancer. Ranked the second most common cancer in the world after breast cancer, it is estimated that approximately 250 women in the United Arab Emirates will die of this disease within the next five years. However, cervical cancer is one of the most easily treated types of cancer- through regular Pap tests this illness can be easily prevented. In an attempt to raise awareness, Mafraq Hospital is confident that this campaign will prevent further suffering for women within the emirate and across the country.
Mafraq Hospital, owned and operated by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company and managed by Bumrungrad International, has opened a dedicated cervical screening clinic which offers Pap smears and counseling for those seeking advice and answers to questions. Staffed by female doctors, the clinic provides a safe and comfortable environment for those who are apprehensive about seeking help or advice on this topic. The clinic accepts both bookings and walk-in patients.
Pap smears are recommended for women aged 25 to 65 as a reliable screening tool for pre-cancerous cervical disease. Taking no longer than two to three minutes, pap smears detect pre-cancerous changes which, if untreated can slowly develop into cervical cancer. However, physicians in Mafraq Hospital’s Gynecology and Obstetrics Department report that few patients take full advantage of this painless procedure.
[Note from SaneVax: The SaneVax Team would like to congratulate the United Arab Emerites on their cervical cancer prevention campaign. They have placed the emphasis where it should be for the health and well-being of their female population – screening first and foremost with HPV vaccinations as an available option.]