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200 women avail of free cancer screening

More than 200 women benefited from the free breast and cervical screening held last June 21 at the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) and last June 25 at the Cebu Technology University (CTU).

EJACC of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) was tapped to be part of the grand outreach program dubbed “Halad sa Kapamilya” initiated by the Cebu City Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ABS-CBN at CTU.

The screening activities were organized in collaboration with the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) OB-GYN Department, VSMMC Breast Clinic, Integrated Midwife Association of the Philippines-Cebu Midwife Clinic, and Destiny Medical Fund.

Irenea Bacla-an from Consolacion,Cebu, one of the women who underwent the screening, came to avail the service to determine any abnormalities of her body and to be able to treat them as early as possible.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among Filipino women while cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women.

EJACC, which offers free breast and cervical screening every month, urges the public to undergo early detection measures—especially maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, exercise, proper hygiene, and avoiding stresses and vices—to prevent breast and cervical cancer.

EJACC is a program under the Integrated Development focus area of RAFI, addressing health issues of communities in order to create a better quality of life. Its other focus areas are Micro-finance and Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, Leadership and Citizenship, and Education.

For more information about breast and cervical cancer, please contact 254-6351 and look for Gina Mariquit.

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