According to a study published in the Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer is the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. Leading cancer sites/types are lung, breast, cervix, liver, colon and rectum, prostate, stomach, oral cavity, ovary and leukemia. There is at present a low cancer prevention consciousness and most cancer patients seek consultation only at advanced stages.
Cancer is a result of complex mix of factors related to heredity, diet, physical inactivity and prolonged, continuous exposure to certain chemicals and other substances. A number of factors that increase a person’s chance of developing cancer has been identified and are called “risk factors”. While some people may be genetically predisposed to certain types of cancer, corrective lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of contracting the condition.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) the risk factors connected with certain kinds of cancers include the following:
Smoking accounts for more than 85% of lung cancer deaths. Smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer compared to non-smokers. Overall, smoking has been linked to cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas and bladder.
Excessive Alcohol Intake
Heavy drinkers have an increased risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, larynx and liver. Some studies suggest that even moderate drinking may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer.
Diet plays an important role in the development of many cancers, particularly in the digestive and reproductive organs. Long-term habit of not eating a healthy diet has been linked that increases incidence of cancer. Likewise, being seriously overweight has been linked to breast cancer.
Chemicals and Other Substances
Exposure to substances such as chemicals, metals or pesticides can increase the risk of cancer. Asbestos, nickel, cadmium, uranium, radon, vinyl chloride and benzene are well-known cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). These may act alone or together with other carcinogens like cigarette smoke to increase the risk of cancer.
To lessen the risk of developing cancer, the DOH recommends the following: Quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, watch your diet, and engage in regular physical activity.
Regular check-ups and consultations with a doctor are also crucial, as medical professionals can help monitor your health and give advice on healthy lifestyle changes that one can make to avoid risk factors for cancer.
To help check if your lifestyle choices are on the right track, visit any Healthway Medical clinic for regular check-ups and consultations, along with tests that can help with the early detection of certain cancers. For more information about this healthy lifestyle campaign, call Customer Care Hotline (02) 751 4929 or visit the Healthway Medical website at www.healthway.com.ph
About Healthway Medical
As the most trusted and preferred network of mall-based clinics in the Philippines, Healthway Medical has revolutionized the way healthcare is being provided to its patients for nearly two decades. The company offers unparalleled customer-centric experience on top of optimum primary and multidisciplinary care from its reputable and experienced doctors, allowing its seven clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Shangri-La Plaza, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, 8 Adriatico, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5 to earn a remarkable standing in the country in terms of preventive healthcare.