CEBU, PHILIPPINES – The Philippines has unofficially broken the world record for the largest cervical cancer screening at a single time following the free cervical cancer screening held in Cebu City Saturday.
A total of 780 cervical cancer examinations were conducted for five hours at the Cebu City Central School Saturday, breaking India’s record of 751 in eight hours.
The record, however, still has to be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, who sent representatives to Cebu to witness the mass cervical cancer screening.
The mass screening was spearheaded by the Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (Pogs) Cebu Chapter, in cooperation with the Cebu City Health Department and the Cebu City Government.
The event was aimed at paving the way toward a cervical cancer-free Cebu and to show that widespread screening is achievable even with limited resources, POGS said in a statement.
The organizers aimed to examine 1,500 women but the five-hour even only resulted to the cervical screening of 780 women.
In 2012, India’s Fortis Foundation set a Guinness World Record for the highest number of cervical cancer screenings.
Fortis Hospital at Vashi, Mumbai, screened over 751 women in an 8 hour marathon screening, as part of its ‘Teal To Heal Together’ campaign beating the earlier record of 350 participants held by Kaiser Permanente, San Diego (USA) achieved on the 29th of January 2011. – BusinessNewsAsia.com