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MR110518 Cervical cancer vaccine pioneer visits mobile clinic in Muntinlupa City


Australian scientist and cervical cancer vaccine pioneer Professor Ian Frazer (2nd from right) visited Muntinlupa City recently to observe the mobile clinic offering free cervical cancer screening to local residents. Organised by the city government, Department of Health, CECAP (Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program) and the Cancer Institute Foundation, the free clinic provides local women with hospital-grade screening service for the early detection of cervical cancer.

Shown in photo are Professor Frazer with wife Caroline (centre) and Australian Embassy Third Secretary Will Robinson (2nd from left) being briefed by CECAP Program Director Dr Cecilia Llave (far right) on the initiative.

Professor Frazer lauded CECAP and Muntinlupa City on their innovative project that allows for early detection of cervical cancer at the community level. He encouraged the local women to take advantage of the free screening program and stressed that no woman should have to die of cervical cancer in the 21st century as it should be a preventable disease.

In observance of the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Australian Embassy Manila invited Professor Frazer to take part in ‘Catching Cancer: A Forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control’ organised in partnership with Department of Health. The forum offered a venue for knowledge-sharing between health experts in Australia and the Philippines on the prevention and control of cervical cancer.