Costa Rica has reduced the impact of cervical cancer by 54 percent over the past three decades and by 48 percent, according to the Costa Rica Social Security Fund (CCSS) Friday.
Although the country has halved the impact of cervical cancer for 30 years, this disease remains a public health and personal care problem, as it is the fourth largest among all types of cancer in the country and in sixth place. mortality indicates CCSS press release.
The foregoing indicates that although women have knowledge of the preventive role of Pap, some of them have not yet included the test in their care or with the recommended periodicity and are at risk of developing this condition, which is essentially caused by the human papillomavirus.
Statistics were unveiled by Alejandro Calderón from the project "Strengthening comprehensive cancer care", based on the National Tumor Register, which highlighted institutional success in addressing this type of tumor by strengthening the National Cytology Laboratory and suspicious damage.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 23% of women aged 20-44 receive Pap Pap less than once every two years. The same thing happens with 17 percent of women aged 45-64.
Therefore, although the test is available in all health centers, the National Tumor Registry reports that in 2015, 13.5 women per hundred thousand women were affected, and the mortality rate in 2017 was 5.9. .
The data also show that in the last few years a new case of cervical cancer has been registered, a disease that can be prevented and treated if it is detected early.
Thus, Calderón stated that, regardless of age or place of residence, each woman should remember that Pap every two to twenty-five years is the easiest way to prevent cervical cancer, even if it does not have a couple or has entered menopause.