Tahiti, June 13, 2022 – A screening campaign for cervical cancer, the sixth most common and deadly cancer in women and which affects 15 new Polynesian women each year, called “Green June” will be deployed in fenua until on July 2.
While the new French Polynesia Cancer Institute has resumed since 1er January 2022 the health directorate’s cancer screening mission, a campaign called “green June” against cervical cancer is set up this year like “pink October” against cancer breast.
Cervical cancer is caused by viruses called “human papillomaviruses” or HPV. Very common, these viruses are transmitted during sexual intercourse, with or without penetration. The condom is not 100% effective in protecting against it. 80% of women will meet him during his life. Fortunately, in most cases, the patient will recover spontaneously without even knowing that he has been infected. But in 10% of cases, this infection will persist and may turn into cancer after several years. Pap smear screening is the only way to detect these abnormal cells in time. It makes it possible to identify as early as possible any benign lesions on the cervix that could turn into cancer. These lesions will then be monitored or treated, thus preventing the onset of cancer.
Thanks to screening, cancer of the cervix can thus be prevented. And if cervical cancer is discovered early, its management will be facilitated and the chances of recovery will be increased. In Polynesia, cancer of the cervix is the sixth most common and deadliest cancer in women. It can affect women of any age but it nevertheless affects young women a lot. A third of affected Polynesian women are under 50 when diagnosed with cervical cancer. And each year, 15 new cases are diagnosed despite the introduction of smear screening, 100% covered every 3 years from the age of 25 until the age of 64.
Several awareness-raising operations are being carried out this month. An “all in green” day on June 24 relayed on social networks, a Tik Tok challenge by publishing a message of support for patients with the disease under the #MatieTahiti, several intervention sessions in public and private establishments on request middle or high schools and an awareness day which will take place on July 2 from 9 am to 4 pm in the gardens of the assembly.
source: OI Canadian