What is Cervical Cancer?

HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancer cases3,4. When a female is infected with HPV and the virus doesn't go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop in the cervix. If left untreated, these cells may develop into cervical cancer10. Cervical cancer is the tenth most common cancer among Singaporean women11. A new case is diagnosed every two days, and one woman loses the fight against cervical cancer every five days in Singapore12. While the disease is most common among women aged 45-54, all ages are at risk once they are sexually active12.

What is Cervical Cancer?

HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancer cases3,4. When a female is infected with HPV and the virus doesn't go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop in the cervix. If left untreated, these cells may develop into cervical cancer10. Cervical cancer is the tenth most common cancer among Singaporean women11. A new case is diagnosed every two days, and one woman loses the fight against cervical cancer every five days in Singapore12. While the disease is most common among women aged 45-54, all ages are at risk once they are sexually active12.

What is Cervical Cancer?

HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancer cases3,4. When a female is infected with HPV and the virus doesn't go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop in the cervix. If left untreated, these cells may develop into cervical cancer10. Cervical cancer is the tenth most common cancer among Singaporean women11. A new case is diagnosed every two days, and one woman loses the fight against cervical cancer every five days in Singapore12. While the disease is most common among women aged 45-54, all ages are at risk once they are sexually active12.

Cervical cancer is the 4th most common female cancer among Singapore women aged 15-44.

A new case is diagnosed every two days. Women of all ages are at risk once they are sexually active.

Cervical cancer usually doesn’t produce symptoms. Most women with early cervical cancers don’t know they have it until the cancer becomes aggressive and spreads into other tissue12. When this happens, some of these signs may begin to show:
  • Bleeding between or following menstrual periods
  • Bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Unusual vaginal discharge that is watery, bloody and foul-smelling
  • Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Unexplained change in menstrual cycle
HPV Vaccination
The HPV vaccine helps protect you against the HPV types that are most likely to cause cervical cancer12.

HPV Screening
HPV screening can help you detect early changes in the cervix that may be cancerous. If abnormal changes are detected, further tests will be carried out to determine the extent12.

Safe Sex
Condoms can reduce your chances of getting HPV, but they don’t protect you completely since some areas of the skin remained uncovered and susceptible to infection12.

You can protect yourself

Getting infected with HPV is more common than you might think. The good news is there are two easy steps you can take to protect yourself.

Make an appointment

Find a clinic closest to you and set up an appointment to speak with your doctor about vaccination and screening.