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High breast cancer cases a cause for alarm

by RG Alama

Davao City (19 October) -- The rising cases of breast cancer in the country is a cause for alarm says Dr. Alex Tan, President of the Amuma Cancer Support Group.

Tan, says the Philippines has the highest number of breast cancer cases in Asia with about 47 breast cancer afflicted persons for every 100,000 people. Compared to other Asian countries have about 20 cases for a hundred thousand people.

He also said that the figures are rising. About five years ago there are about 40 to 42 breast cancer cases for every 100,000 people.

He attributed these to high-risk factors like hereditary, women who went into early menstruation, women experiencing late menopause, women who hadn't gone into pregnancy or never experienced childbirth and an intake of high-fat diet.

Tan says that cases of breast cancer have also afflicted a younger set of people.

Currently breast cancer is the number one type of cancer among women and number two for the mix sexes with lung cancer coming at number 1.

He also said that men are not exempt from breast cancer though 99% of the patients are women.

Tan says contrary to myth that cancer is incurable, the disease can be successfully eradicated if it is detected and treated in its early stage.

This month on the 23rd Tan and the fellow members of Amuma and other cancer groups will be holding the Atty. Eugene Marfori Celi Breast Cancer Awareness Day which will be held at the SM Event Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The activities during the event will include Free Breast Cancer exam and consultation, free breast ultrasound, free fine needle aspiration biopsy, free breast cancer awareness lectures, free drug samples for cancer patients, sharing of personal testimonies from breast cancer survivors.

The event will also be graced by actress Melissa de Leon who is a breast cancer survivor.

Tan hopes the event will drum awareness on breast cancer. He enjoined the public wishing to avail of free breast examinations particularly on the ultrasound services to come to the venue early to register. (PIA XI) [top]

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