Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Thursday, September 18, 2008


A cycling program and campaign tour to battle cervical cancer ended its last leg here in Olongapo City on September 17, 2008.The campaign, called ’Go the X-Tra Mile to X-Out Cervical Cancer’ took off from Vigan, Ilocos Sur on September 13, 2008.

The 500 kilometer cycling tour had stops in Candon, Ilocos Sur; Agoo, La Union; Alaminos, Pangasinan; and Iba, Zambales.

In connection with the tour, a cervical cancer awareness seminar was held at the FMA Hall of the Olongapo City Hall. Olongapo City Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. declared his support of the campaign during the seminar and gave a message about the city’s health programs and priorities.

“One way of preventing cancer is through sports. Kaya nga nagbuo ako ng team ng professionals and experts para sa isang sports medicine department sa James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital,” explained Mayor Gordon.

“The city government supports this project because gusto natin na ang mga kababaihan ay hindi nagkakasakit. Malakas ang support ko sa mga kababahihan,” Mayor Gordon added.

The seminar was led by City Health chief Dr. Arnildo Tamayo and Dr. Cecilia Ladines-Llave, chair of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital Cancer Institute and project director of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program (CECAP).

The tour aims to raise the people’s awareness, especially women’s, regarding cervical cancer, its causes, how it develops and the ways to prevent it.

“Every eight minutes a woman dies of cervical cancer in the Philippines,” Llave said.

According to medical experts, cervical cancer is the second leading cause of death of women in the Philippines. Many of these cases are diagnosed late but there is a huge chance of curing the disease if detected early.

Studies have shown that healthy lifestyle, stress management, proper nutrition at and proper sleep patterns help prevent the disease.

“Sa lahat ng health centers sa Olongapo City ay mayroon pap smear screening. Tuloy tuloy rin ang aming information drive about cervical cancer to raise awareness and prevent its incidence,” said Tamayo.

Olongapo City Mayor James ‘Bong’ Gordon Jr. placing his thumbprint on the souvenir of ‘Tour of Hope’ which completed its last leg in Olongapo on September 17, 2008. The tour aims to raise the people’s awareness on the battle against cervical cancer. PAO-DON

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