Adversities come in different forms, changing the way we see life. While some are fleeting and do not last long, others seem to stick around like a chronic affliction to faith and hope.
Cancer, or the big C, is considered the second major cause of death, next to heart disease.
In women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, with a worldwide incidence of over 2 million in 2018, and nearly 508,000 deaths in 2011.
With these sizeable numbers come distress not just among breast cancer patients, but also among women in general. In the Philippines, for instance, 1 out 13 is at risk of having breast cancer in her lifetime.
Apart from being the country with the highest incidence of breast cancer in the Asian region, the Philippines as a developing country has increased the cause of alarm. First and foremost, limited human and financial resources for cancer research beget inadequate opportunities for effective treatment. Also, available cancer treatments are, not surprisingly, expensive so impoverished patients have found themselves in a more desperate state. Witnessing these predicaments, private entities started to give their fair share of solutions.
Among these private entities is the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc. (PFBCI), a non-stock and volunteer-based organization registered with Securities and Exchange Commission, and now headed by Chairperson Maria Lourdes Cortez. In 2004, PFBCI invested in the development of the Breast Care Center at East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), bearing its mission to provide comprehensive breast care, financial assistance, and emotional support for iimpoverished breast cancer patients. Through partnerships, PFBCI was able to source funds for the installation of mammogram and biopsy system for their beneficiary patients’ use. Some of its major projects involved collaborations with Lyceum University of the Philippines, Tulong sa Pag-unlad Inc., Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Human Nature, and Manila Peninsula.
Last October 2017, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Island Rose started its own campaign to raise funds to help PFBCI. This year, we aim to help more. Let us work together to help each step of the way.
Know more about PFBCI and the good work they are doing: https://www.facebook.com/kasusongpinay/