Philippines has highest breast cancer prevalence


In 2016, the Philippines topped 197 countries with the most number of cases of breast cancer, data released by Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society have shown.

It is also one of the countries worldwide with the highest prevalence rates of cancer.
Mortality rates are also ballooning.

To help combat the dreaded disease, local health advocates are promoting the National Screening Program especially among high-risk groups, including immediate family members and relatives of cancer patients.

“Studies have shown that certain screening procedures are needed to contribute in reducing mortality,” Dennis Sacdalan, an oncologist at ManilaMed, said on Thursday.

An average of 12 Filipinos die of cervical cancer daily.

The Department of Health (DOH) has ranked colon cancer as the fourth overall in incidence and mortality while lung cancer remains to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and third in women.

Screenings can be conducted in hospitals that specialize in cancer treatment, including government medical institutions with cancer centers designated by the Health department.

Apart from early detection, one’s lifestyle is also crucial in cancer prevention, however.

Vices like smoking should be avoided while proper diet must be observed.

“If you eat less of fiber and vegetables and more of food with high fat content, then you’re more at risk to develop colon and heart cancer,” Sacdalan said.

Obesity exposes a person to several cancers.

Meanwhile, smoking, often mistaken to just cause lung cancer, can also lead to other forms of cancer, like head and neck cancers, stomach cancer and colorectal cancer.


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  1. I’m a little bit skeptical with this news, since we always want to be number 1 in somethings, this is not one of them. The Philippines has the number 1 breast & gynecological cancer in the world? I doubt it! Most cervical and breast cancer in the US are connected to birth control pills use, if the Philippines is number 1 in this cancer, then all women must have been using pills for at least 10 years or more. Does the people know how much a pill cost? That’s why i’m doubting.