The month of March is dedicated to women’s health and also the Lilac March campaign, which guides on the prevention, awareness and fight against cervical cancer. In Içara, the Ministry of Health, through Primary Care, prepares dates with extended hours to meet women who have the preventive examination, also known as pap smear, overdue for more than two years . Next Tuesday, March 15, 22 and 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., all Family Health Units will have a multidisciplinary team to receive women who must undergo the examination, get vaccinated against HPV, among other requirements women’s health.
For the service, a prior appointment is required, all dates are available, just search for your health unit. “We have decided to extend the hours to be able to contemplate those women who cannot come to USF due to their work during working hours. According to data from the National Cancer Institute (Inca), cervical cancer is the third leading cause of death among Brazilian women of reproductive age. We must be attentive to this disease, when it is discovered early, the chances of recovery are much greater,” said nurse Sonia Rocha, primary care coordinator at Içara.
Also according to Inca, in 2021 alone, 270 women died of this cancer, an average of 23 women per month. “Based on the principle of universality, the Unified Health System (SUS) determines that all Brazilian citizens, without any type of discrimination, have the right to access health actions and services, this is another action of the Department of Health aimed at the care of the Içarense woman”, underlined the Secretary of Health, Sandro Ressler.