Cancer cases expected to rise among Filipinos


Asian Cancer Institute (ACI), a one-stop, integrated, multi-disciplinary cancer prevention and management facility located in the Philippines provides state-of-the-art, innovative and evidence-based treatment by a group of expert medical and allied cancer specialists. Having to avoid surmise diagnosis, ACI, is operating with four centers that offer easy access to screening and diagnostic procedures as well as individualized yet comprehensive cancer therapy and management.

Cancer being rampant in the country and in the whole world, ACI makes sure their doctors, nurses and medical practitioners including service focus on compassionate care for every patient providing a healing environment that comforts and heals the body as well as the spirit.

Cancer is affecting more and more Filipinos everyday. Here in the country at least 98,200 patients are diagnosed with this affliction every year. Of this number, over 59,000 individuals eventually die because of the disease, according to the Philippine Cancer Society.

 This number is still expected to rise dramatically as the World Health Organization (WHO) forecasts that cancer diagnosis will rise by 70 percent in the next two decades.  This translates to more deaths related to cancer in the coming years.

 What is more alarming is that the WHO says that over 60% of the world’s total new cases come from the continents of Africa, South America, and Asia, home of some of the world’s poorest populations. Patients from these geographic locations also account for 70 percent of the global deaths because of cancer.

Today, cancer is regarded as one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide.

 Here in the Philippines, WHO estimates that 28,700 males and 27,900 females died of cancer last year. For men, lung cancer (24.3%), liver cancer (14.7%), and colorectal cancer (12.8%) were the deadliest. While breast cancer (27.7%), colorectal cancer (10.4%), and lung cancer (9.9%) are the most fatal types of cancer. In Asia, the Philippines has the highest case of breast cancer according to the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology.

Several factors can also heighten the chances of getting cancer. These include, tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity. Cigarette smoking is the most dangerous of these risk factors and accounts for about 20 percent of the total cancer deaths worldwide. But if one leads a healthy lifestyle, WHO says that cancer deaths can be lessened by 30 percent.

 Cancer and mortality can also be significantly lessened if it is detected and treated at the earliest time possible. The most common types of cancer such as breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, and prostate can be cured when detected early and treated according to globally-accepted best practices.

Changing the way we tackle cancer through integrated and multidisciplinary care to improve and transform cancer care and management here in the Philippines, the Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) will launch the Asian Cancer Institute (ACI) this July 23, 2015. ACI was created with the aim of providing modern services and advancing the rate of world-class scientific solutions, research and treatment for cancer patients.

“It is an integrated and multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care….given that all the disciplines and the services are housed in Tower Two of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center.  In this center we’re putting everything together in one place. It’s from preventive oncology to end-of-life care,” Dr. Corazon Ngelangel, Director of ACI said.

This multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and care is the most important facet of ACI. From day one of consultation with ACI, a team of experts coming from different fields sit and discuss every patient’s case, saving the patient from skipping from one doctor to another to make sure that their diagnosis is correct. This novel approach is also advantageous because all possible modes of treatment are laid out to a patient.

Apart from its mission to improve the way we treat and manage cancer, ACI also provides compassionate care to every cancer patient and a healing environment that comforts and heals the body as well as the spirit. The patient is assisted in every way possible with support groups, psychosocial support, and even spiritual advice. These are offered to both the patients and their family members.

“For multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care, you’re not only talking to one doctor with one specialty but you are talking to many doctors with different specialties who need to be caring for you. Cancer is multi-faceted in its treatment. You need surgery, you need drugs, you need support. So everything should be there at first diagnosis,” Ngelangel said.

ACI boasts of four different but integrated centers of excellence.  These are the Emmanuel Center which provides screening, diagnosis, and surgical care to patients with different malignancies; Conquer C Center mainly includes oncologists with specialized expertise in radiation therapy, nuclear oncology and interventional oncology; Chrys Center 1 provides Medical-Hematology-Pediatric oncology services,  the area of cancer dedicated to treating adult and pediatric patients, by using medications taken by mouth, injection, or infusion, including internal medicine and pediatric medicine interventions; and Chrys Center 2 which is dedicated to providing the highest quality Integrative, Supportive and Palliative Care Services.

Dr. Ngelangel said that these centers house everything that may be needed by the patient. This facility will be home to unparalleled medical expertise coming from some of the best medical professionals in the country. This is further enhanced with the promise of compassionate care for every cancer patient and their family. Because as Ngelangel puts it, “in cancer you often comfort and you sometimes really cure. That’s how oncology is, that’s how cancer management is.”

ASIAN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER

2205 Civic Dr, Muntinlupa, 1780 Metro Manila
(02) 771 9000

Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) is a tertiary hospital accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious accrediting body for health care organizations.

AHMC is a part of the Metro Pacific Hospital Group, the largest private hospital group in the Philippines managed by the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), the local unit of the First Pacific Group headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Opened on May 11, 2002, the hospital with 289-bed capacity stands on a 17,250-square meter campus, carefully planned and specially designed to provide a healing environment, care and comfort, and ensure the safety of the patients, guests, and staff. There are also over 900 expert doctors from the different specialties who have been trained in top institutions worldwide and more than 300 nurses whose specializations include hemodialysis for patients requiring routine and intensive care; diagnostic procedures for breast lesions; supportive home care, pain management, and palliative medicine; cardiovascular surgery; and intensive care for cardiovascular and neurosurgical patients. Asian Hospital also has over 1,000 highly skilled employees and staff who provide high quality and compassionate patient care.

GSK partners with VMV Hypoallergenics: Fight against Cervical Cancer.


MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES—Every woman is at risk. Cervical cancer is a major problem for Filipino women: it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinas, with seven dying of the dreaded disease every single day.[i] What’s more worrying is that two in three Filipinas diagnosed with cervical cancer may die within five years.[ii] Cervical cancer is a risk for women regardless of race, age, lifestyle or socio-economic status.[iii]

Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the entrance between the vagina and the uterus.[iv] 

GSK & VMV Hypoallergenics partnership on the fight vs Cervical Cancer
GSK & VMV Hypoallergenics partnership on the fight vs Cervical Cancer

The human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common virus, is the necessary cause of cervical cancer. It has been shown that 99.7 percent of cervical cancer patients are positive for HPV infection.[v] It is also estimated that up to 80 percent of women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.[vi]

While HPV is primarily transmitted via sexual intercourse, skin-to-skin genital contact is also a recognized mode of transmission.[vii],[viii],[ix] Lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of cervical cancer, such as being conscientious about one’s sexual activities. Beyond regular consultations and pap smears by your OB-GYN, vaccines that protect against cancer-causing HPV are also now readily available.

A risk regardless of age

Based on a study of 307 women in Ontario, the incidence of cancer-causing HPV infection is actually highest at the young ages of 15-19.[x] The World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (WHO-SAGE) on Immunization reiterates the importance of getting young girls protected through HPV immunization before their first exposure to HPV (i.e. before sexual contact), as young as 9 years old.[xi],[xii]

What about older women? The risk of persistent infection with cancer-causing HPV (which is necessary for cervical cancer to develop) increases with age, and is highest when a woman is over 66 years old.[xiii] Thus, screening is recommended starting age 21 to detect cervical abnormalities that precede actual cervical cancer.[xiv] Vaccination remains to be recommended for older women to prevent new HPV infections.

Power Over Cervical Cancer

Leading research-based pharmaceutical company GSK continues to ramp up its cervical cancer awareness efforts this year with the patient—the woman—always in mind. In the Philippines, the Power Over Cervical Cancer campaign urges Filipinas to realize that they are empowered—that they can do something to prevent the disease from happening to them, so they don’t miss out on a colorful life ahead or leave their loved ones behind.

Purple lips against cervical cancer

In commemoration of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, GSK Philippines launched its partnership with cosmetics manufacturer VMV Hypoallergenics at a press event entitled Put On Your Power Pout!, held last May 28th at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The partnership introduces a twist on spreading awareness: encouraging women to join the movement by wearing purple lipstick to show their support for the advocacy on cervical cancer prevention.

“Cancer is quite a distant concept for women who are well. What might be more important to them is keeping up with the latest trends, especially in fashion and beauty. The lipstick is a woman’s own—when she wears it, she makes a statement about herself. Through this partnership with VMV, we hope to drive women to make a statement against cervical cancer,” says Mark Castillo, GSK product manager.

Jacklyn Remo, assistant marketing manager for VMV Hypoallergenics, supports the movement: “We are fully committed toward this partnership with GSK Philippines. At VMV Hypoallergenics, we promise the safest, most proven effective care on the planet—and that extends to beauty. This unique combination of science, wellness and beauty means we also strongly stand for advocacies that help women, their health and happiness.”

Cervical Cancer: Fact or Myth

JOIN THE MOVEMENT NOW—take a photo of yourself wearing VMV Hypoallergenics’ Tutu or Chorus Line lipstick (or a photo of you holding your kiss mark from the lipstick) and post it on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #PowerPout and #PowerOverCervicalCancer!

A health service message brought to you by GSK. For further information on cervical cancer, please consult your doctor.

References:

[i] WHO/ICO Information Center on HPV and Cervical Cancer (HPV Information Centre). Human Papillomavirus and Related Diseases Report – Philippines. 2014.

[ii] Philippine Cancer Facts Estimtes. 2010.

[iii] Burd EM. Clin Microbial Rev 2003; 16:1-17.

[iv] National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/ . “General Information About Cervical Cancer” http://www.cancer.gove/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/cervical/Patient/page1.

[v] Bosch FX et al. The causal relation between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer. J Clin Pathol 2002;55:244-65.

[vi] Bosch FX, de Sanjose S. Chapter 1: Human papillomavirus and cervical cancer-burden and assessment of causality. J Natl Cancer Inst Managr.

[vii] Antonsson A et al. J Clin Microbial 2003; 41:2509-14.

[viii] Winer RL et al. Am J Epidemiol 2003; 157:218-26.

[ix] Fairley CK et al. Epidemiol.Infect 1995; 115:169 76.

[x] Sellors JW et al. CMAJ 2003; 168:421-5.

[xi]WHO. Weekly epidemiological record no. 21 (23 May 2014). Available at http://www.who/int/wer. Accessed 19 September 2014.

[xii] WHO. Summary of the SAGE April 2014 meeting. Available at http://www.who.int/immunization/sage/meetings/2014/april/report_summary_april_2014/en/. Accessed 21 September 2014.

[xiii] Adapted from Castle P et al. JID. 2005; 191: 1808-16.

[xiv] National Cancer Institute. Pap and HPV Testing. Available at http://www.cancer.gov/types/cervical/pap-hpv-testing-fact-sheet. Accessed 21 May 2015.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Curves


Alongside to the other causes which I hope I'd be able to help full time, I am proud knowing I've been chosen by Curves Philippines to be their ambassador towards helping women hop into an active lifestyle: 30 minutes, 30 days, a lifetime change.
 

 

Curves Bonifacio Global City has pledged to lend its support to Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc. in an effort to raise funds to support its programmes specially in helping women battling breast cancer.Curves Bonifacio Global City has committed to help raise money for the charity through a series of events and initiatives throughout the month of October.
Curves BGC will also promote means of early breast cancer detection and prevention in its clubs such as mammograms, self-breast exams, and regular physical exercise.The women’s-only fitness centre, located on 2F Serendra, McKinley Parkway will waive the joining fee for new members during 1-31 October in return for a donation to Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc.The money raised on behalf of  Sagip Buhay will be used to help indigent women patients of the Philippine General Hospital suffering from breast cancer.

 

Fe Abrihan, Manager of Curves BGC, said:  “Fundraising for breast cancer charities is something which unites the Curves community globally and we’re delighted to be able to support Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Inc.

“With one in eight women at risk of developing breast cancer in her life, Curves and its members cannot afford to ignore such a pertinent health matter,” said Abrihan. We are committed to not only support research through funding, but also to increase awareness by encouraging our new and existing members to be breast aware and to lower their risk through exercise.”

Being a brand ambassador of change, through curves, I would want to express my gratitude and help fellow women to support and build awareness, encourage everyone to get moving towards overall positive change – not just towards health but also in our kindred spirits.

 

Being a woman myself, information is key and educating not just myself but women on how to take good care of our body is something every person needs to pay attention to. Let’s help one another, if not prevent, but by reaching out by helping more women survive breast cancer.
Curves
Curves is a facility especially designed for women featuring a complete 30-minute cardio and strength-training program that has been proven to be clinically effective with a positive effect on body composition, metabolism, and resting heart rate. Curves appeals to women of all ages who want a fitness routine that differs from typical gyms, struggle with their weight and fitness, find attending traditional gyms very intimidating, or due to cultural beliefs find exercising in a mixed environment impossible. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin are considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to millions of women globally, many of whom are in the gym for the first time.

Motivational Minute

“You start out motivated but the voice of failure whispers to you. Here’s how to listen for success.”

Years ago an experiment was conducted in several grade schools. Half of the teachers were told their students were overachievers with supportive families. The others were told they had all underachievers with apathetic families. In reality, both groups were equal, the only difference was the expectation of the teachers. The test scores for the “underachievers” dropped 25 points. The “overachievers” increased 50 points. Known as the Pygmalion Effect, the experiment showed how critical your view of something is and how you’ll react accordingly. How does the Pygmalion Effect show up in your life? It boils down to a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. Label yourself a winner and you’re far more likely to succeed. Tune into only positive messages about yourself and your efforts (especially the ones in your own head) and see how your life is positively affected.

With thousands of locations worldwide, Curves is the world’s largest fitness franchise. Many clubs now also offer new Curves® Circuit with Zumba Fitness®, the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba® with the proven strength training of Curves for a wildly effective workout. For more information, please visit: www.curves.com.