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PIA Press Release
2010/02/06

Breast cancer most prevalent in Metro Manila and Rizal, DOH says

Tacloban City (February 6) -- In terms of incidence in Metro Manila and Rizal, breast cancer is now the most common cancer site and has surpassed lung cancer as the most prevalent cancer.

This was jointly announced by the Department of Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral and the Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. chairman Dr. Roberto Paterno during the turn-over ceremonies of the publication "Cancer in the Philippines", which was part of the celebration of World Cancer Day on February 4.

Secretary Cabral said that the publication is significant as far as the DOH Cancer Control Program and the PCS advocacy for prevention and early detection.

"We need to save our women from this deadly disease," Secretary Cabral said.

Dr. Paterno said that the Society will enhance its free mammography services and fine needle aspiration biopsy to accommodate more indigent patients. The Society maintains a free consultation and referral clinic every Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:00 to 10:00 o’clock in the morning at its main office at 310 San Rafael St., San Miguel, Manila.

"We shall also boost our education and information activities around the country to teach women on how to early detect breast cancer so that it can be successfully cured," Dr. Paterno added.

Unfortunately, there is no effective detection method for lung cancer. It is usually diagnosed at an incurable stage. Still, lung cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco products.

According to the cancer monograph, the top ten cancer sites for both sexes now stands as breast, lung, liver, cervix, colon, thyroid, rectum, ovary, prostate and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

In men, the five common cancer sites are lung, liver, prostate, colon and rectum while for females, these are breast, cervix, ovary, thyroid and lung.

These rankings cover the period 1998-2002 and validated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The IARC collects cancer incidence and mortality data from participating countries during five-year periods. (PIA 8) [top]

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