Fear, Shy, Pain Among Reasons Malaysian Women Avoid Pap Smear Test

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BANGI – Feelings of fear, shyness and pain are among the negative perceptions why many women in the country are not taking up pap smear test.

Apart from that, time constraints to go to the clinic, taking it easy or absence of information also contributed to a low reception to the test by women in Malaysia.

Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) Civil Service Women Staff and Wives Association (Puspanita) chairman Datin Noorizan Abu Bakar said based on a Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Cancer Research Resource Centre (CaRE), only 21 per cent of the eligible women went for the test.

She said cervical cancer, a cancer which affects the reproductive organ of a woman is the second most common cancer among women after breast cancer and it is detectable with regular screening.

‘In Malaysia, a woman dies of cervical cancer every 14 hours. According to an International Cancer Research Agency, a woman dies of cervical cancer every four minutes in the Asia Pacific.

“Statistics show such cancer should not be taken lightly by women and early detection is crucial in the fight against disease,’ she said at a Mosti Innovation Social Programme and Seminar on Cervical Cancer Awareness with Cervisafe self-sampling device for Mosti staff.