As cervical cancer usually does not display any symptoms, by the time symptoms show up, the cancer is already in its advanced stages. Thankfully, cervical cancer can actually be easily prevented, particularly if caught at the pre-cancerous stage via timely Pap smears, or if the woman has already received the HPV vaccine, ideally before becoming sexually active.
Because more women in Singapore are getting screened, the incidence of cervical cancer has significantly fallen to become the 10th most common cancer in women. In 1970, it was second, after breast cancer. Cervical cancer now ranks eighth for cancer deaths among women in Singapore, which is still an unnecessarily high figure considering how preventable and treatable it is in its early stages.
Read on to find out how you can protect yourself better.
This is why we are strong advocates for increased HPV vaccination rates among young women and girls, and we cannot stress the importance of timely Pap smears enough—they shift disease detection from the cancerous stage to the pre-cancerous stage where it is much more treatable. In terms of treating cervical cancer which has already manifested, we also provide numerous treatment options which will be carefully tailored to target each patient’s condition best.
To that end, he serves on the board of the International Federation of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology, and his extensive research and humanitarian work centre around HPV and cervical cancer as well.
Apart from his subspecialty expertise in treating HPV and cervical cancer, Dr Quek Swee Chong is also experienced in managing all aspects of prenatal care, delivery (both natural and caesarean) as well as a wide range of gynaecological conditions including ovarian cysts, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, uterine fibroids and other gynaecological cancers.
Please reach out to us should you require quality and compassionate obstetrics care and women’s health screenings and treatments.