LVE YOUR COLON
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!
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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is celebrated worldwide as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. According to the Philippine Cancer Society, there were about 5,797 new cases in the Philippines for the year 2010, of which, there were 3,208 male and 2,579 female cases. This month is therefore a great opportunity for Filipinos to learn more about the prevention and treatment of this dreaded disease.
“Colorectal cancer is one of the most curable cancers, especially when detected early”, according to Dr. Robert L. Chang, President of Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (PSCRS). “This is why it is important to know the significance of screening, as well as the common symptoms and risk factors”. According to Ms. Christine, a colon cancer survivor, “I am fortunate that my cancer was diagnosed early . . . timely detection can spell the difference between survival and death”.
Colorectal Specialists, in collaboration with Medicard Philippines, is launching a community-based colorectal cancer screening program in Makati for all Medicard members and non-members alike starting this March, 2013 . Scientific evidence is strong that increased awareness of, and comprehensive screening for, colorectal cancer saves lives.