The Ministry of Health reminded women about the PAP-test to detect cervical cancer, which can be taken free of charge
Ukraine is celebrating World Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, one of the most common types of cancer in women. Ukrainian women can undergo a PAP test for the early detection of this dangerous disease free of charge.
To do this, it is enough to visit a gynecologist at healthcare facilities contracted by the National Health Service of Ukraine. Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko told what is needed to get diagnosed and what six free tests for early detection of cancer are offered to citizens by the
This is one of the most common types of cancer in women: for example, in 2020, more than 342 thousand women died of it worldwide, and 1.5 thousand in Ukraine. At the same time, it is highly treatable if detected in time. Therefore, I urge you to be attentive to your health and regularly attend preventive medical examinations, taking into account the peculiarities of martial law," the minister said.
Lyashko emphasized that the program of medical guarantees gives Ukrainian women the opportunity to undergo diagnostics for early detection free of charge.
"One of the most affordable and effective methods of early diagnosis is the PAP test. It can be done by a gynecologist in healthcare facilities contracted by the National Health Service of Ukraine free of charge," the head of the Ministry of Health emphasized.
To find the nearest facility where you can take a PAP test, just call the NHSU contact center at 16-77.
"Another opportunity to prevent the development of cancer is to undergo hysteroscopy, which is included in the list of six free examinations for the early detection of cancer (a detailed list of services for the study is published on the NHSU website: paragraphs 17-22, file "Specification"). You can undergo a free test upon the referral of a doctor with whom you have signed a declaration or upon the referral of your attending physician. Take care of your health and remember: it is better to prevent a disease than to treat it!" emphasized Lyashko.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL reported that Ukrainian women can get checked for breast cancer for free . In case of early detection, the chances of recovery are 95%. Therefore, the Ministry of Health has launched a campaign for free screening of Ukrainian women. To get a free mammogram, you just need to get a referral from your family doctor.