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Cervical Cancer Cause of Death Number One in Indonesia

Cervical cancer or cervical cancer is the number one cause of death that often occurs in women in Indonesia. But the information on this issue has not been known because cervical cancer often causes no symptoms or complaints so that women come to the doctor in a state that it was too late.

"About 80 percent of cervical cancer cases occur in women who live in developing countries. In Indonesia, there are 90-100 cases of cervical cancer per 100,000 population," said State Minister for Women Empowerment Meutia Farida Hatta Swasono in Jakarta, Thursday (18/12 .)

According to the specialist obstetrics, cancer experts and content from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia Dr. Laila Nuranna, SpOG (K), 99.7 percent of cervical cancers caused by oncogenic HPV. H PV 16 and 18 is the main cause in 70 percent of cervical cancer cases in the world.

Every woman regardless of age and background risk of cervical cancer. The high case in developing countries is partly caused by the limited access to screening and treatment, so the majority of patients who came for a treatment already in critical condition and the disease is in an advanced stage.

Though known that cervical cancer is preventable through screening and vaccination. Vaccination for women who have never had sexual intercourse, while screening or pap smear should be women who already had experienced sexual intercourse.

According to Meutia Hatta, the above conditions showed the fact that there are many women in developing countries, including Indonesia lack access to information and services to this disease. Women who develop cervical cancer quality of life will decline. Though most likely they still have the economic and social responsibility towards the family and society.

Meanwhile, the current quality of life of women in Indonesia is still far behind compared to men. The low quality of life of women is partly due to the lack of public and government attention on the health aspects. Cervical cancer will increase the length of a row of the problems encountered in efforts to improve the quality of life of women in Indonesia.