“The greatest risk of getting breast cancer tomorrow is being born today in a developing country. The greatest risk of not surviving breast cancer today is being a woman in the Philippines.”

 Rosa Francia-Meneses, 1999 World Conference on Breast Cancer, Ottawa

 

It seems that only a few people in the Philippines are aware about the number of “Breast Cancer” patients.

Honestly, I was one of the unaware ones… until a couple of months ago.

So, I did a little research about “Breast Cancer in the Philippines” and about the “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” with the help of the world wide web.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is at the center of the battle against breast cancer. Several reports show that the country has the highest incidence rate in Asia and is among the top 10 countries with the most cases of breast cancer. The disease is so common that one of every 13 Filipino women are expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime. (http://www.philstar.com)

Studies have found more than 200 synthetic chemicals in human breast milk. It is a well-documented fact that many chemicals accumulate in body fat and remain in breast tissues for decades. Studies show that all women carry persistent pollutants in their blood, breasts and other fatty tissues.

Fact # 1

All women are at risk. Approximately 70% of breast cancers occur in women with none of the known risk factors.

Fact # 2

Only about 5% of breast cancers are inherited. About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will be the first to be victims in their families.

Fact # 3

Early detection does NOT prevent breast cancer. Avoiding and eliminating known causes will prevent breast cancer!

Fact # 4

Mammography fails to detect as much as 20% of all breast cancer  and as much as 40% in women under the age of 50.

Fact # 5

One out of four who are diagnosed with breast cancer die within the first five years. No less than 40% die within ten years.

Fact # 6

Risk factors are not necessarily causes of breast cancer. Enough evidence exist linking environmental pollution and contamination to cause breast cancer.

Fact # 7

The global incidence of breast cancer has tremendously risen by 256% the past 30 years with Southeast Asia increasing by 479%! And the supposed authorities and experts that should know, don’t know why.

Fact # 8

Breast cancer is the leading killer of women ages 35 to 54 worldwide. More than a million women develop breast cancer without knowing it and almost 500,000 die from it every year.

Fact # 9

1 out of 13 Filipino women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.  The province of Pampanga has the highest incidence rate in the entire country.

Fact # 10

The Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia and registered the highest increase of 589% among 187 countries over a 30 year period from 1980 to 2010.

 

PREVENTABLE and CURABLE

But despite these alarming statistics, medical authorities stress that breast cancer is a preventable and curable disease. “Despite the high incidence rate, the number of breast cancer survivors is also steadily increasing worldwide because of better disease awareness and the practice of regular screening that helps detect the disease at an earlier, thereby, more curable stage.”

 

Also, understanding the disease can make a difference in helping every Filipino woman be proactive in the battle against breast cancer,” advises Dr. Felycette Gay Lapuz, president of the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO).

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). This is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.  It is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October. This is a campaign to increase awareness of  the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Here are a few images that show support to the campaign:

 

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White House decorated pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2008 (Wikipedia)

 

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 Tokyo Tower lit up in pink on October 1, 2007 for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Wikipedia)

 

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Aerial view of Palácio do Planalto, the official workplace of the President of Brazil, lit up in pink on October 1, 2014 (Wikipedia)

 

It is really tough to know someone dear to you fight for his or her life and it is really heartbreaking to see them struggle to fight this disease or any form of cancer. The most that we can do is to pray for them, love them, help them and support them. We can effectively do these by also knowing their struggle. Dear readers, I highly suggest you drop by these sites to understand the disease better and to help make a difference in helping someone we know.

(Sources)

http://www.pbcn.org/

http://psmo.org.ph/the-abcs-of-breast-cancer/

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month

http://www.philstar.com/health-and-family/2013/02/26/913052/abcs-breast-cancer

Published by Rea Lakwatsera