In the first quarter of 2018, there were 26 deaths and 26 cancer diagnoses in the cervix, said Kenya Yazmín García Perusquía, state coordinator of the Women's Cancer program at the Hidalgo health secretariat (SSH).
He mentioned that the figures correspond to the January-March period of this year. He also said that no woman should die of this type of cancer, because it can be prevented and treated if it is discovered early.
He added that this week awareness activities were carried out under this condition, to promote timely detection tests in women 25 to 42 years old, via the Papanicolaou study and in those from 35 to 69, with the Human papillomavirus (HPV) – test.
He explained that the diagnosis and treatment studies are offered free of charge throughout the year, through the fund for catastrophic spending protection of Seguro Popular.
"If the tests give an abnormal result, we do an endoscopy and in case an invasive cervical or cervical cancer is confirmed in situ, they refer to the oncological functional unit for treatment," he said.
In the case that patients are not beneficiaries of a health institution, she said, they are affiliated with Seguro Popular to give them a free treatment.
The risk factors that increase the chances of developing cancer in the cervix are:
- Sexual relationships started before the age of 18 years
- Frequent sexually transmitted diseases
- Presenting infections or Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Frequent changes of sexual partners
- Consumption of tobacco and alcohol
- Overweight and obesity
- Never undergo a smear or HPV test
The condition is one of the most common neoplasms
- Cervical cancer is the seventh most frequent neoplasm in the world population and the fourth most common among women, with an estimated 528 thousand new cases diagnosed annually, of which 85 percent are registered in developing countries
- It is also a cause of death from malignant tumors in women, with 266 thousand deaths a year, of which 87 percent occur in underdeveloped countries
Giovanny Flores l Pachuca