Board member Maria Angela Sabando has urged local government units in Palawan to provide free visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) tests for the early detection of cervical cancer.
Sabando said VIA is a popular screening test method because it is simple and inexpensive.
“Through seminar, we learned the benefit of visual inspection using acetic acid. Sa buong mundo ay madalas cervical cancer ang sakit ng babae kung saan namamatay sila. Kapag acetic acid immediately makikita kung may cancer kaya immediately ay mare-refer doon sa ob-gyne,” Sabando said.
Sabando said that this test is also more convenient than pap smear cytology which is also used for cervical cancer screening.
“Ang pap smear kasi will take three days to one week na walang contact pero sa VIA anytime ay puwede ito, convenient lalo na kung mayron po tayong partner,” Sabando said.
She said that the apparatus needed for testing is also inexpensive.
“Puwede po itong i-provide ng local government unit. Puwede rin natin ito i-avail kahit sa mga RHUs kasi dapat equipped sila. Mura lang naman ang alam ko kasi walang masydaong kailangan, just cotton to swab, apparatus to open your cervix,” she said.
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