Puerto Rico – January -since 2014- is National Cervical Cancer Prevention Month, a project led by the VOCES organization under an initiative they have named The Voices of Rhaiza Vélez Plumey, which was a young woman who at 32 lost her life to cervical cancer, a completely preventable cancer.
This year the campaign is called Live the Teal Life! TEAL is an acronym from English means Take Early Action & Live, which would be in Spanish Take Action on Time and Live.
“It is important that women do not stop our visits to our gynecologist, to our screening tests such as our Human Papilloma test, and if we are of age to be vaccinated against the virus, we do not stop. Our vaccination centers are all providing services not only for the COVID vaccine, but they are also providing services for the other vaccines, ”said Lilliam Rodríguez Capó, CEO and founder of VOCES and Las Voces de Rhaiza Vélez Plumey.
As reported to La Perla del Sur, “this month we held countless activities. During the last two weeks of January we will be doing the lighting of different buildings, on January 28 we will be doing the TEAL Scarf Day which is a commemorative piece that we have been doing for the past 4 years with a Puerto Rican designer named Maritere Padilla ”.
This year it’s about the creation of TEAL 2021 Matching Set, a scarf accompanied by a combination mask, with the purpose of spreading the message of prevention and education to save lives against cervical cancer.
He TEAL 2021 Matching Set features a unique design created by The Eccentric Label, which focuses on making unique and timeless pieces. Its collections are inspired by curiosity and exposure to different cultures, places and experiences.
On the other hand, Rodríguez also announced that the Teal Woman Leader Talk with the participation of Dagmar, a specialist in the area of women’s oncology and countless others.
“And in the month of February, from 28 to March 7, it will be our first virtual race that is titled Run and walk for it, in honor of Rhaiza Vélez Plumey and thus we will be continuing during the first three months of the year, carrying out different activities ”, announced Rodríguez.
Likewise, he pointed out that “it is important to highlight that, according to the National Institute of Medicine, we are talking about that in Puerto Rico we have already achieved 82% of the vaccination of our girls and boys in the group from 11 to 12 this year. years and we can’t stop. There are goals for 2030 and that is that we achieve a Puerto Rico free of cancer associated with the Human Papilloma Virus ”.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a DNA virus, of which more than 100 subtypes have been identified, which causes infections of the skin and mucosa of the ano-genital, oral (mouth and throat) and respiratory tracts.
There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women. These types of HPV can also infect the mouth and throat. The virus is highly transmissible and is considered the most common sexually transmitted infection in most populations, with a higher prevalence occurring in sexually active women 25 years of age or younger.
In men, the peak prevalence of HPV occurs at an older age compared to women, and remains relatively stable with increasing age, suggesting a persistent HPV infection or a higher rate of reinfection.
It is estimated that every two minutes the light of a woman who could not defeat cervical cancer is turned off. That is why Rodríguez urges all women who are of the age to be vaccinated to put an end to cervical cancer and HPV.
He indicated that it is a cancer that can be prevented through screening tests and human papillomavirus tests. Vaccination is available from 11 years to 45 years.
You can find a vaccination center at wheremevacuno.com