THE NAPC GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT (GAD) UNIT CONDUCTED A FORUM ON CERVICAL, PROSTATE, AND TESTICULAR CANCER AWARENESS


Despite the emergence of different illnesses and other contagious diseases in the previous years, cancer remains to be one of the national health priorities in the country. According to the Department of Health (DOH), Cervical Cancer is the 2nd leading cancer site among women in the Philippines. In addition to this, an estimate of 7,277 new cases of, and 3,807 deaths due to, cervical cancer are expected to occur every year. On the other hand, the data from the Global Cancer Observatory in 2020, revealed that prostate cancer is the 5th leading cancer site and 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipino males.

In response to this growing and alarming epidemic of cancer, and as part of the agency’s observance of the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Gender and Development (GAD) Unit, in partnership with the NAPC Administrative and Financial Management Service (AFMS), conducted a Forum on Cervical, Prostate, and Testicular Cancer Awareness on May 23, 2022. This forum aimed to equip the NAPC employees and staff with the necessary information about these types cancer such as the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and preventive measures. The forum also emphasized the importance of early detection of symptoms, proper screening procedures, and seeking professional help as early as possible.

The forum commenced with a message from the NAPC Secretary and Lead Convenor, Atty. Noel K. Felongco, deliverd by the Head Executive Assistant, Mr. Eduardo Tonogbanua, and from the NAPC GAD Chairperson, Undersecretary Paterna M. Ruiz. The forum also had Dr. Clarito U. Cairo, Medical Officer IV of Cancer Control Division, Disease Prevention and Control Bureau of DOH, as the Resource Speaker. The activity concluded with an open forum which served as an opportunity for the participants to clarify their concerns about cancer, its possible causes, and how to prevent it.