APRIL 8, 2013

NR # 3067B

Prostate cancer awareness pushed
Lawmakers said today that education and public awareness would play a key role in addressing prostate cancer, which is considered one of the dreaded diseases among Filipinos. Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro), Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao), Augusto Boboy Syjuco (2nd District, Iloilo) and Alfredo Marañon III (2nd District, Negros Occidental) Chairman of the House Committee on Health, are confident that early detection of the sickness, good nutrition coupled with a healthy lifestyle can lower the present mortality rate. Rodriguez said the measure seeking to establish a program to educate the public and increase awareness on leading types of cancer, especially prostate cancer, was introduced and approved on final reading and transmitted to the Senate during the 14 th and 15 Congress. Citing the studies of the American Cancer Society and the American Urological Association, Rodriguez said men who have reached the age of 40 years old should undergo periodic testing for the early detection of prostate cancer. “Early detection will prevent future disease progression and treatment in the early stages of the cancer is less costly than when done in its advance stages,” Rodriguez said. “At present, many are still uneducated about prostate cancer which may have contributed to its becoming one of the leading causes of mortality among men in our country, especially of the elderly,” Rodriguez added. Marañon said the government should adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development, establish and maintain an effective food and drug regulatory system, undertake appropriate health manpower development and research responsive to the country’s health needs and problems. Under the measure, the Director of the Non-Communicable Disease Control Service of the Department of Health shall establish a program for public education on prostate cancer. The program shall conduct activities to educate males who are 40 years of age or older on the need to periodically undergo physical examinations for cancer, including education on the frequency and type of such examinations that are appropriate for various age groups of men. (30) jc