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Dengue cases hit 36,000; death toll reaches 140

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 9 March 2019 04:46 PM

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported an increase in the number of dengue cases in the country which has reached 36,664 from January 1 to February 23, with 140 deaths.

Based on the data of DOH Epidemiology Bureau, the reported dengue cases this year is 14,703 higher compared to the 21,961 cases recorded during the same period in 2018.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in Central Visayas have increased to 4,089 cases with 29 deaths. The region recorded the highest number of cases.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has recorded 3,821 dengue cases while the Caraga region has 3,878.

Aside from dengue cases, the health department continues to record an increase in measles cases in the country as well as rabies cases.—Aileen Cerrudo

READ: Rabies vaccine in short supply—DOH

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QC rolls out breast, cervical cancer screening caravan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 8 March 2019 01:36 PM

Breast Cancer remains as the most common and leading cause of death among women in the Philippines.

The Philippine Society of Medical Oncology reported in 2018 that the country topped the list of Asian countries with high incidence of breast cancer.

The report also said that three out of 100 Filipino women are expected to develop breast cancer before age 75 and one out of 100 will die before reaching 75.

Globally, there are around 2.1 million cases of breast cancer reported each year with 626,000 deaths, based on the 2018 report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The agency added that there were a total of 18.1 million new cases of cancer reported and 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Breast cancer also accounts for 15 percent of global cancer deaths.

The IARC-WHO report also found that there are four cancer cases diagnosed in women worldwide; breast cancer is the most common followed by lung cancer with 13.8 percent, colorectal cancer with 9.5 percent while cervical cancer ranks fourth with an incidence rate of 6.6 percent and mortality rate of 7.5 percent.

In the Philippines, cervical cancer is the second leading killer among women with an estimated 7,277 new cases and over 3,800 deaths to occur each year, according to data from the Department of Health (DOH).

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include swelling of all or part of a breast, skin irritation, breast or nipple pain, nipple retraction, redness or thickening of the nipple and nipple discharge other than breast milk.

Cervical cancer, meanwhile, has these signs and symptoms that should not be ignored, including blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods, heavier than usual menstrual bleeding, increased vaginal discharge and pain during sexual intercourse.

The IARC-WHO believes that prevention plays a key role in fighting cancer.

In a bid to promote early detection of breast and cervical cancer, the Quezon City government has rolled out a free breast and cervical cancer screening caravan.

“I encourage women to undergo these kind of screening so that we can detect early the signs of breast and cervical cancer. Early detection of those irregularities is important because that dictates if the cancer is still curable or not,” QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The caravan will go to different local communities in the city this month to offer free breast and cervical cancer screening to women.

The caravan was launched through the Office of Vice Mayor Belmonte in partnership with the Philippine Cancer Society in time for the celebration of International Women’s Month this March.

“Take advantage of this program by our city, and have yourselves checked and examined. We assure that if you show symptoms or if you have these illnesses, we will take care of you until you totally recover,” Belmonte added. – Robie de Guzman

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Animal welfare organizations urge gov’t to push for pet birth control

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 23 February 2019 05:50 PM

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — With high rabies cases in the country, several animal welfare organizations like Bantay Animal Welfare are calling on the government to push for pet birth control in barangays.

Based on the report of the National Rabies Information System of the Department of Health (DOH) 300 to 600 Filipinos die of rabies every year.

In 2000, the Philippines ranked third in having the highest number of rabies cases.

Bantay Animal Welfare, in coordination with Philippine Pet Birth Control Center conducted free castration on pet dogs and cats to avoid the increase of population of animals in the streets which causes the increase of rabies cases in the country.

Pet owner, Jerry Ruiz took his two pet dogs to be neutered.

“Parang pamilya na rin namin iyong aso namin, hindi na iba turing namin,” he said (We treat our dogs as family),” he said.

The program also aims to resolve the issue on animal abuse and negligence.

Bantay Animal Welfare administrator, Rhodora Lao said stray animals are often the cause of several diseases like rabies.

“Isa po iyan sa pinagmumulan ng sakit, sama ng loob at kaguluhan po kapag marami pong stray animals. So panawagan po namin sana po magkaroon tayo ng maraming programang katulad nito na manggagaling mismo sa ating pamahalaan at sa ating mga mambabatas at sa mga LGU’s
(Too many stray animales are one of the source of diseases and trouble. So we call on the government, lawmakers and LGU’s to have a similar program) ,” Lao said. — Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Rosalie Coz

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