Brunei ranks 5th in cervical cancer cases in ASEAN
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI ranks fifth in frequency of cervical cancer among ASEAN member states, according to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Related Diseases Report 2016.
The global report released by Institut Català d’Oncologiain’s HPV Information Centre in February this year showed that Brunei had an incidence rate of 16.9 for cervical cancer.
A cancer incidence rate is the number of new cancers of a specific site occurring in a specified population during a year, usually expressed as the number of cancers per 100,000 population at risk.
About 35 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in Brunei every year, the report stated.
According to the report, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among females in Brunei.
Statistics also showed that breast cancer has the highest incidence rate among Bruneian women of all ages.
This was followed by cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and uterine cancer.
Out of the ASEAN countries surveyed, Cambodia topped the list of having the highest incidence rate of cervical cancer with 23.8. Singapore had the lowest incidence rate of cervical cancer in the region.
In a bid to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of cervical cancer in the sultanate, the Ministry of Health (MoH) provides free HPV vaccine for female students as a preventive step against cervical cancer.
Recent studies have shown that the HPV vaccine provides a cross-protection of up to 70 to 85 per cent, especially among young girls.
Two health experts — Dr Siti Rosemawati Hj Mohd Yussof and Dr Hj Mohd Syafiq Abdullah from the health ministry — will deliver a talk on cervical cancer and HPV vaccination this Sunday, as part of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) campaign to raise awareness.
Organised by third-year UBD medical students, the event will be held at Perpindahan Lambak Kanan Primary School.
The awareness campaign aims to encourage women residing in Kg Lambak Kanan to get HPV vaccination and pap test.
A free basic health check-up will also be available from 9 am to 11am.
The Brunei Times