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Cancer cases in RP on the rise; public invited to free lecture on cancer prevention

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (20 April) -- A high ranking officer of the American Cancer Society is set to deliver a talk on “Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cancer” on Friday, April 20, 4:00 p.m. at the St. Paul University-Dumaguete School of Nursing.

The provincial government has invited Dr. Hugh F. Stallworth, vice president of the American Cancer Society (ACS), in an effort to raise awareness on cancer prevention in the province.

A rare opportunity for Negrenses, the said lecture is free for the public. Interested attendees can contact Sr. Rosamund Abadesco of the SPU Nursing Department for reservations.

Another reason for the ACS official’s visit is to explore the possibility of a partnership with the provincial government for the delivery of health care system in the province, said Assistant Provincial Administrator Josefina Columna

A malady of massive proportions, cancer ranks third in the leading causes of deaths and illnesses in the Philippines, according to statistics published by the Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates in 1997.

The same report said that for every 1,800 Filipinos, one will develop cancer annually.

A report posted on the Department of Health’s website puts cancer as the third leading cause of mortality in the country next to infectious and cardiovascular diseases.

The health department estimates that about 53 cancer cases per 100,000 population arises every year in the country.

Breast and gynecological cancer are the most common types of cancer to strike Filipino women while lung cancer for Filipino men.

According to Dr. Cathering Lisondra-Krings of the Philippine Cancer Society, Inc., some 60 percent of cancer patients are “unfortunate enough not to avail of cure and instead suffer through the illness painfully.”

In 1999, DOH announced its acquisition of an anti-cancer machine – high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy machine- for the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC), making JRRMMC as the only government hospital with a modern facility that can provide quality treatment for underprivileged cancer patients in the country.

It has been noted that the list of patients awaiting schedule to begin radiotherapy at JRRMMC has been on the rise.

The hospital has long been providing therapeutic services to cancer patients from all over the country, treating up to 120 patients a day.

The cost of treatment in JRRMMC is only about a third of the fee in private hospitals for those who can afford, partial for those are classified as service and completely free for indigents. (PIA) [top]

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