Health Matters is a monthly column that features expert advice from doctors and medical specialists in Singapore. Have a burning health question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Health Matters” in your subject header and we’ll get back to you.
According to the Singapore Cancer Society, cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer amongst women in Singapore. The cervix is made up of millions of cells, and when changes occur and are left untreated, this can develop into cervical cancer. The most common cause of cervical cancer comes from persistent infection of the cervix with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV).
January marks Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. We speak to Dr Cindy Pang, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, to dispel five of the most common myths and misconceptions about the condition.