• 12 Pinays die of cervical cancer daily

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    ILOILO CITY: Twelve Filipinas die of cervical cancer everyday, while 10 Filipinos die of tobacco use every hour. Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women; the incidence starts rising steeply at age 30, and the median age of diagnosis is 40 to 59 years old. This is the morbid reality announced by the Department of Health regional office, here as Ilonggos celebrate Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month in May, and the World No Tobacco Day is on May 31. DOH senior program officer John Richard Lapascua said that while breast cancer has more cases and deaths among women, it is cervical cancer that is more alarming, since it cannot be seen by the naked eye, unlike cancer of the breast. Ten types of cancer, including cervical and breast cancer, attack females like cancer of the lung, colon and rectum, ovary, liver, corpus uteri, leukemia, thyroid and stomach. Other types of cancer that are similarly alarming in both sexes are cancer of the lung, liver, colon and rectum, leukemia, stomach, brain and nervous system and the ovary. Cancer of the prostate attacks males.

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