Power Over Cervical Cancer

Every woman is at risk.
Cervical cancer is a major problem for Filipino women: it is the second leading cause of cancer
deaths among Filipinas, with seven dying of the dreaded disease every single day.

Second year supporting GSK and the fight over cervical cancer and it feels so good to learn new updates about the movement. Cervical cancer may not sound “mainstream” compared to other cancers but once diagnosed with cervical cancer, the person may die within five years. Cervical cancer is a risk for women regardless of race, age, lifestyle or socio-economic status. Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the entrance between the vagina and the uterus. The human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common virus, is the necessary cause of cervical cancer. It has been shown that 99.7 percent of cervical cancer patients are positive for HPV infection. It is also estimated that up to 80 percent of women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.

Now how to prevent cervical cancer? Lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of cervical cancer, such as being conscientious about one’s sexual activities. Beyond regular consultations and pap smears by your OB-GYN, vaccines that protect against cancer-causing HPV are also now readily available.

If you wish to join the movement, take a photo of yourself wearing VMV Hypoallergenics’ Tutu or Chorus Line lipstick (or a photo of you holding your kiss mark from the lipstick) and post it on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #PowerPout and #PowerOverCervicalCancer!

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