By Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos
Cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide and it continues to threaten lives.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s 2018 factsheet, the disease was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015, and the number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70 percent over the next 2 decades. Aside from this, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is caused by cancer diseases.
In the Philippines alone, seven Filipino adults die of cancer every hour. According to the data provided experts, eight children also die of the disease daily.
Dubbed as a “silent killer,” public and private institutions have tie-up to fight the epidemic through continuous efforts of awareness.
This year’s World Cancer Day (WCD) highlighted the theme “We can. I can” which tackled plan of actions on how one can help in spreading awareness about cancer. WCD, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), is a global platform which aims to intensify and promote the global commitment against cancer, by increasing awareness, prevention. It also pushes for its goal of driving urgent action from multi-stakeholder groups across multiple countries.
One of the leading supporters of WCD is global pharmaceutical company MSD, which has a deep rooted commitment to help reduce the global burden of cancer. For its continuing efforts, MSD conducted a discussion of cancer and to gather various stakeholders acknowledge their commitment to take further urgent action against the disease.
In partnership with the Philippine Society of Oncologists (PSO) and Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO), experts talk about the prevalent rate of cancer in the country.
PSMO president Dr. Claire Soliman, one should get screened for cancer at age 40. Even with the young, people should get screened for cancer if there are certain changes in the body—like a lump or blood in the urine.