Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cervix.1 Almost all cervical cancer cases are linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV),2 a widespread sexually transmitted infection. HPV is a group of viruses comprising over 100 strains, with some strains carrying a larger risk than others.3
Low-risk HPVs may typically cause no symptoms. Some may appear as warts, but these seldom cause cancer.4 High-risk HPV strains are associated with cervical cancer and various other cancers in men and women.3 Among these, HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases.4
Thankfully, cervical cancer is preventable and curable, if caught early.
Cervical cancer ranks as the 11th most common cancer among women in Singapore and the 5th most frequent cancer affecting women between the ages of 15 and 44.5
In 2020, an estimated 309 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 172 succumbed to the disease.5
Our advocates share their stories on the importance of protection against HPV.
Take steps to lower your risk of cervical cancer and other diseases caused by HPV.