Thursday, July 29, 2010

Power Over Cervical Cancer (POCC) - kill those damn cells before they get to you!


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Well, as you can tell, I just watched Despicable Me, and i so love it! :D But back to more important stuff...

Cervical Cancer -- we have the power to prevent it!

The word "cancer" scares me. a hell lot. my maternal grandma passed away 6 years ago because of cancer in the pancreas. Her health deterioriated very fast, though at one point, she seemed to become better. We tried all sorts of methods, western medicine, TCM, some supersonic bubble bath thingie.

But it didn't work. After battling for 1+ years, she left us.

And then there was my uncle jason. We did not hear from him for some time, and then one day, we received news that he had cancer in the liver (if I'm not wrong). My mummy and aunt jeannie cried and cried, couldn't believe it. Because it was already at the last stage, and there wasn't much that we could do. Of course he went for chemotherapy, stayed at a hospice, etc.

But it didn't work. Not long after, he couldn't even recognise us, and then... left us too.

Cancer. I never knew that cervical cancer could be prevented. I've heard of it before, but I didn't think that it will affect me so young now, and I thought of only thinking about it when I'm older. but this is wrong. You should go for your vaccination before you have your first sexual intercourse. It is recommended for women below 25 years old to go for the cervical cancer vaccination. It is of course not foolproof, and women will have to go for regular pap smear every 3 years for a check up from age 25 years onwards. Well, that is after you have had your first sexual intercourse. Virgins do not need to go for pap smear.

$600 is really a small sum to pay. The cost to treat cancer after it has occured is many times that amount. Chemotherapy for certain cancers costs between $1,800 and $2,500 every THREE weeks. And don't bank all your hopes on Medisave either. The withdrawal limit for Medisave is $1,200 every month.

The saying "Prevention is Better Than Cure" is never better used than now. Go get your HPV vaccinations before it is too late! It is 3 dosage in 6 months.

Find out more about the POCC movement here:


Power Over Cervical Cancer is a campaign that aims to make Singapore the country with the lowest incidence of Cervical Cancer and they need your help to spread the word.
Pledge your support for this cause and protect those you care about by telling them about Cervical Cancer. Together, we have POWER Over Cervical Cancer. Click the button below to begin!

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