Cervical Cancer kills 10 Filipino women a day. It is the second most common cancer among Filipino women and an estimated 7,277 new cases are expected to occur every year with 3,808 dying due to complications.
Women are advised to have regular check-ups, especially those who are 40 years old and above. At present, Pap Smears remain as the most reliable test to detect early signs of cervical cancer. Early detection is important because typical cervical cancers do not have symptoms; the pain associated with cervical cancer usually appears during the 3rd and 4th stage of the disease which would already involve some challenges.
“A common challenge I’ve experienced while taking care of cancer patients is their loss of hope. It is important to believe in oneself that they can keep going, and the significance of having the support of their love ones,” says Cancer Nurse Nestor James who has taken cared of more than 100 cancer patients since 2014.
In celebration of Cancer Consciousness Month, General Santos Doctors Hospital will be holding a Cancer Forum this coming May 18, 2018, 9:00A.M. at the Medical Suites Building. Awareness on cervical cancer prevention, detection and treatment expectations will be shared by Dr. Zuphia Demontaño, Obstetrician-Gynecologist. Free cervical cancer screening tests for women age 25-50 years old will also be given on May 23 at the same venue from 9:00A.M. to 3:00P.M. Having the screening test will help women know whether or not they are developing cancer.
In the spirit of unity and healing through compassionate caring, we invite everyone to support and join the activities of General Santos Doctors Hospital in the fight against cancer. With the sharing of our knowledge and expertise, we can empower others to live healthier and longer lives.