I've been in and out of the hospital and clinic in the past 2 months or so and while waiting I took some time to take pictures of the health posters I see. One is this poster about cervical cancer and the other is about Dengue.
Cervical cancer is considered the second leading type of cancer and cause of death of women in the Philippines. The first is breast cancer. All women aged 30 and older are at risk. Initials stages of this cancer have no observable symptoms. Advanced stages may be accompanied by bleeding after sex or abnormal discharge from the vagina. Women are advised to visit the doctor to have regular pap smear test to check incidence of cervical cancer in its earliest stages. I just had my pap smear test and thank God I don't have any abnormal cells.
The HPV or human papillomavirus is the major cause of cervical cancer. To reduce the risk of having this virus, it is best
- NOT to have sex before age 18
- NOT to have many sex partners or sex partners that have other sex partners or sex partners that have/had sexually transmitted infections (STI)
- NOT to smoke
- get yourself the HPV vaccine as endorsed by this poster
For more info on cervical cancer, visit womenshealth.gov.
|Cervical Cancer Vaccine Poster|
Dengue cases in the Philippines increased this year. Usually, children aged 1-10 are involved. In our community, I've heard of children in the neighboring purok who have/had dengue. Last 2 weeks, I brought my son who was sick to the clinic just to be sure that he's not having dengue. Thank God, it was only flu and allergies.
This is the poster about Dengue Alert! in the clinic. It published the characteristics of patients suffering from dengue. Watch out for fever, rash, muscle and joint pains. It also gave these reminders on how to stop the spread of dengue. Dispose breeding ground for mosquitoes - tires, buckets, flower pots, old appliances, plastic bags, tin cans.
We try very hard to eliminate mosquitoes inside our house but sometimes they still manage to get in and we still get mosquito bites. We also use mosquito repellant oils or creams to avoid mosquito bites. I like the latest I bought called Fly Away. It has extra virgin coconut oil and citronella. Because it is oil based, it's easier to apply and more economical. I don't know if my children like the smell but I don't mind as long as it keeps the mosquitoes away.
|Dengue Alert Poster|