During the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, the organizers will run public information and awareness actions to urge women to make an appointment at the family doctor and perform a prevention cytological test. This year’s campaign focuses on preventing and promoting screening and vaccination as primary tools that can significantly reduce this disease’s risk, IPN reports.
The Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2021 was launched on January 25, by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection / Cervical Screening Implementation Coordination Unit, in partnership with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and other partners. The campaign takes place from January 25 to 31.
said , Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection.
The study on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in the field of cervical cancer prevention, conducted in 2020, shows that the trend of performing the cytological test in the Republic of Moldova is positive. Awareness of women aged 25 to 61 about the cytological examination increased from 47% in 2018 to 62% in 2020. The share of women who performed, as a result of their knowledge, the prevention test has doubled in the last two years.
,” said UNFPA Resident Representative in Moldova.
In Moldova, there are 4,182 women affected by cervical cancer, which is 227.1 per 100 thousand female population. About 300 new cases are registered annually, respectively 17.1 per 100 thousand female population. 47 percent are cases detected in the early stage (stage I and II), the patients following specific treatment.
The most common age of women with cervical cancer is 40-45 years and 50-60 years. Unfortunately, about 160 women die each year from this disease.