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Early Detection Key to Cervical Cancer Prevention

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM - In the wake of World Cancer Day, medical experts have emphasized the critical role of early detection in combating cervical cancer, which ranks among the top three cancers affecting women in the country, following breast and colorectal cancers. This condition, while preventable, continues to present challenges due to late-stage detection in some cases.

According to Radio Television Brunei, the country has the means to treat cervical cancer effectively. However, the persistence of late-stage cancer diagnoses underscores the necessity for regular cervical cancer screenings among women. The primary cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which, in many instances, resolves on its own. Nonetheless, in certain situations, the virus may remain in the body, potentially leading to cancer. Additionally, awareness of early signs, such as intermenstrual or post-menopausal bleeding, is vital for early intervention. In support of national health initiatives, PJSC has committed to ongoing awareness programs aimed at enhancing public understanding of cervical cancer prevention and treatment measures.