From September 30 to October 4, 2019, the Ministry of Public Health conducts a cervical cancer screening campaign, taking place at the Health Centers of Bairro de Ajuda, Bairro Militar and the Maternal and Child Center.
Cervical cancer screening is a test to examine cervical (lower uterine) cells. 1500 women aged 18 to 35 will be covered.
The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Cervical cancer can be prevented if changes can be detected early, allowing cancer prevention before it begins. All women are at risk for cervical cancer.
Initial stages of cervical cancer show no signs or symptoms. Signs and side effects of further developed cervical cancer include:
•Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
•Abnormal vaginal discharge with foul odour
•Pelvic pain during intercourse