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Hospital launches its ‘cervical cancer’ drive

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: Dar Al Shifa Hospital announced today the launch of its cervical cancer early detection campaign, which sheds light on the causes and factors leading to this disease and ways to prevent it. The campaign will run across one week, January 19th-25th, 2014, in which the hospital will provide special discount on the cancer screening using the pap smear & colposcopy, that identifies precancerous and potentially precancerous changes in cervical cells and tissue. Dr Hossam Kamel, Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Dar Al Shifa Hospital said: “It is crucial to highlight cervical cancer at an early stage and to understand the signs, symptoms and methods of treatment. New technologies have been developed that help in detecting the disease earlier in the process.” Cervical cancer, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), is a malignant neoplasm arising from cells originating in the cervix uteri.

One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding, but in some cases there may be no obvious symptoms until the cancer has progressed to an advanced stage. Treatment usually consists of surgery (including local excision) in early stages, and chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy in more advanced stages of the disease. “Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide and over 500,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Through this campaign, Dar Al Shifa Hospital aims at showcasing its overall commitment towards raising more awareness while also becoming a primary healthcare information source across the community,” added Dr Kamel. The cervical cancer early detection awareness campaign is part of the continued development of Dar Al Shifa Hospital’s successful contributions to raising awareness on the disease, while encouraging women to undergo preventive checks. The hospital utilizes its state-of-the-art technology, and renowned doctors and consultants to deliver optimal levels of healthcare to its patients.

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