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FPOP to reach out to 25 women per barangay at risk of cervical cancer

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (5 September) -- In a bid to address the increasing incidence of deaths due to cervical cancer, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) plans to reach out 25 women per barangay in Davao City who are financially incapacitated and are at risk of cervical cancer.

FPOP Davao manager Cris Paņales said the lack of financial capacity and inadequate information of women in the grassroot level is one of the major reasons in the increase of cervical cancer.

The health department's Cancer Registry showed that from 97 from 1998 to 2002, cancer cases went up to 147 making cervical cancer as the second killer disease for women preceded by breast cancer.

The best way to detect cervical cancer is by having regular Papanicolau tests or Pap smear test.

Right now, FPOP is reaching out to the business sectors and other philanthropic organizations as partners to support this endeavor.

Options proposed by FPOP to would-be partners are : a) adopt a community or barangay by sponsoring the budget for pap smear tests for 25 indigent women; b) monetary donation that will help augment the budgetary requirements of P200.00 per women; and c) in-kind donation such as medical supplies to be used during the pap smear activities.

To help the business sectors realize their corporate social responsibilities, the FPOP welcomes partnership with them to provide Filipino families access to reproductive health services and for them to achieve good quality of life.

Just last week, FPOP conducted a free medical clinic at its office located at the ground floor of the Lions building, fronting Ecoland terminal, Davao City to be able to reach out to indigent women of Davao City and provide them necessary health facilities.

For would-be interested partners, call 300-7970 and ask for Elvi Duka or visit FPOP regional office at the ground floor Lions building, Ecoland, Davao City. (PIA-XI) [top]

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