On International Women’s Day, It’s Your Life (a campaign organised by the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Malaysia) launched a new video series that sheds light on the human papillomavirus and the steps that can be taken to prevent it.
It features Professor Dr Woo Yin Ling (Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, University Malaya Medical Centre) and Dato’ Dr Saunthari Somasundaram (President and Medical Advisor, NCSM) – two charismatic women who champion women’s health issues. These experts share their insights on the viral infection and will continue to explain more in upcoming episodes, including the HPV vaccine and common misconceptions.
Here’s what we learned about HPV from the first episode:
- There are 200 types of HPV – 14 types are associated with cancer and can be prevented if we get vaccinated and go for screening.
- It affects both men and women.
HPV is an infection not a disease in itself, so there is no treatment for the infection per se.
- It is so common that nearly all sexually active people will get the virus at some point in their lives.
Every year, 2.1 million women get diagnosed with breast cancer – putting 1 in 19 Malaysian women at risk.
Daniel has photographed 5 resilient breast cancer survivors, capturing the essence of how they’ve thrived despite adversity as they pose powerfully among petals, representing how much they’ve grown and flourished along the way. These beautiful portraits have been printed on tote bags, stickers and A5 prints to be sold with 100% of the profits going to charity.
Show your support by purchasing these empowering pieces! Purchases can be made here from the 19th to 31st of October.
Don’t forget to check yourself.