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Metro Manila Now a Breast Cancer Territory Special

By Antonio Figueroa     Feb 8, 2010 in Health
MANILA – Breast cancer, on the rise in recent years, has overtaken lung cancer as the most prevalent disease in its category in Metro Manila and the adjacent province of Rizal.
This development was contained in the baseline data announced by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. (PCSI) during the recent World Cancer Day celebration last February 4.
DOH Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said the rankings cover the period from 1998 to 2002 and were validated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency that collects data on cancer incidence and mortality from participating countries.
“[The rise in breast cancer incidences] is significant as far as the DOH cancer control program and the PCS advocacy for prevention,” she said, so much so there is a need for “early detection… to intensify efforts to save our women from this deadly disease.”
To compliment this effort, PCSI chairman Dr. Roberto M. Paterno said his group will augment the free mammography services and fine needle aspiration biopsy they are extending so that more indigent patients could be served.
“We shall also boost our education and information activities around the country,” he stressed, and “to teach women on how to early detect breast cancer so that it can be successfully cured.”
According to the health department, the country’s top ten cancer sites for both male and female are ranked as follows: breast, lung, liver, cervix, colon, thyroid, rectum, ovary, prostate and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The cancers that affect men most are lung, liver, prostate, colon and rectum, while women are susceptible to breast, cervix, ovary, thyroid and lung.
Both the DOH and PCSI, moreover, are agreed that until now there is no effective detection method that has been discovered for lung cancer, saying patients affected by this ailment are often diagnosed while the disease is already in its incurable stage.
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