Free Screenings for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Free Pap smears will be offered in 58 government hospitals this May!

Did you know that HPV—the human papillomavirus—is the most common sexually transmitted infection in both men and women? It's also one of the causes of cervical cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer afflicting women worldwide with about 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year. In the Philippines, an estimated 12 Filipino women die due to cervical cancer each day.

For these reasons, the DOH and other medical societies continue with their partnership, dubbed as Babae, Mahalaga Ka!, for the 6th year of the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) celebration.

Free cervical cancer screening will be offered to women aged 30-49 years old in 58 DOH-retained hospitals nationwide for the whole month of May.  Screening, either through Pap Smear or visual inspection using acetic acid (VIA) will be offered for free every May in government hospitals, to detect cervical cancer in its early stage.

Moreover, PhilHealth included the treatment for cervical cancer in the Z Benefit Package program. The benefit package includes cervical cancer chemoradiation with cobalt or primary surgery worth P120,000 or cervical cancer chemoradiation with linear accelerator for P175,000 depending on what is needed by the patient.

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