Early detection can save many lives


06/19/2022 14:15

By the end of 2022, about 16,700 women could develop the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

By the end of 2022, the National Cancer Institute (Inca) estimates that approximately 16,700 women will have cervical cancer. To prevent the progression of the disease, it needs to be detected quickly. Last year, SUS Primary Health Care Services underwent more than 5.2 million preventive tests.

Collection of cytopathological material from the cervix or Papanicolaou stain is the main form of screening and early detection of this type of cancer, every three years after two consecutive annual routine examinations. Suitable for women aged 25-64 years.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently more than 42,000 basic health units and approximately 1,200 primary care teams operating throughout the region, allowing women to perform these and other tests. In addition, there are more than 317 hospitals and support centers qualified for cancer treatment that are part of the SUS network.

“It’s important to remember that cervical cancer is often asymptomatic at first. Bleeding, pain, and usually these symptoms appear when the tumor is already in a more advanced stage. Is the best way to detect these lesions early and even if they are not cancer, “emphasizes Patricia Izzetti, General Coordinator of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, Ministry of Health.

Rosimar Mendes da Silva, 43, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2016. At that time, Brasílian residents had to quit their jobs to concentrate on treating cervical cancer. Despite all the difficulties, in February 2017 she received the news that she was healed.

“Anyone with cancer, I recommend you to last. God left medicine to help us. I always have to face He says he loves to live, even in the face of hardships. My family and friends welcomed me, “says Rosimar.

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To perform a collection of materials for cervical cytopathological examination, women should go to the SUS Health Unit and schedule a visit with a medical professional to assess their medical history and symptoms. The material is collected by a doctor who causes a small exfoliation of the outer and inner surfaces of the cervix with a spatula and brush. Place the collected cells on a slide and analyze them in a laboratory specializing in cytopathology.

Patrícia Izetti explains that ultimately, more complex institutions and hospitals offer this test, but in a very special situation. “Cytopathological examination of the cervix, also known as preventive examination or Papanicolaou stain specimen, is provided in the basic health unit. Women are enrolled and linked so that they can undergo preventive examination. You need to find a UBS that is, “she says. guide.

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