SAN JUAN – The headquarters of the Puerto Rican executive, La Fortaleza, was lit blue-green tonight to raise awareness about cervical cancer in the month of prevention of this condition that affects thousands of women in Puerto Rico, being the seventh most frequent cancer in the island.
“Prevention is the key to avoiding this silent disease that has affected so many young and adult women,” Governor Pedro Pierluisi said in a statement.
“I join this effort led by Voces to raise awareness in our population and emphasize the importance of preventive health care. In solidarity with the victims who, like Rhaiza Vélez Plumey, have lost their lives due to this cancer, we all have to create awareness so that young women and adult women can prevent the virus or detect it in time and stop it, ”he said.
For her part, Lilliam Rodríguez, CEO and Founder of VOCES Immunization and Health Promotion Coalition of Puerto Rico and Las Voces de Rhaiza indicated that a “Puerto Rico free of cancers associated with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is being sought. The call is for women to visit their doctor and have their Pap and HPV screening tests ”.
“Let us honor the legacy of Rhaiza Vélez Plumey and let us not die another life because of this virus. That like La Fortaleza, every home lights up with TEAL: Take Early Action a Live! ”, Said Lilliam Rodríguez, CEO and Founder of VOCES Coalition Immunization and Health Promotion of Puerto Rico and Las Voces de Rhaiza.
The Voces de Rhaiza Vélez Plumey movement will present the Teal Scarf Day scarf this year, and invites everyone to wear or wear a teal-colored accessory, on Thursday, January 28, as a sign of support and education about cervical cancer.