Cancer Control Act Gives Patients Better Fighting Chance -- Angara

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Cancer Control Act Gives Patients Better Fighting Chance -- Angara


By Mario Casayuran

The signing by President Duterte of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (Republic Act 11215) boosts government efforts to combat cancer and increase the fighting chance of patients to overcome the disease, Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara said Thursday.

Angara said the law would provide the framework for an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development, family-centered cancer control policies and programs, as well as interventions at all levels of the existing health care delivery system.

"We express our gratitude to President Duterte for making this a law and sharing our concern for our cancer-stricken kababayan (countrymen) and making treatment more accessible and affordable," said Angara, who co-sponsored the measure that consolidated all anti-cancer laws, including Senate Bill 1570 which he filed.

"Malaking tulong po ang pagsasabatas nito sa mga may sakit na cancer at kanilang pamilya lalo na pagdating sa usapin ng gastusin. Ang kwento nga ng iba sa akin, daig mo pa ang nasalanta ng bagyong'Yolanda' o 'Ondoy' kapag tinamaan ka ng sakit na ito," he added. (The benefits of this measure go a long way in helping cancer victims and their families, particularly when the issue of expenses come into play. To be cancer stricken is worse than being hit by typhoons.)

In sponsoring the measure in the Senate, Angara said the legislation would provide a holistic and comprehensive policy to tackle cancer and institute policies and programs for prevention and early detection of this disease.

According to the 2016 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data, neoplasms or tumors--which are commonly associated with cancer--are the second leading cause of death for Filipinos, next only to heart ailments.

A study conducted by the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute of Human Genetics showed that 189 of every 100,000 Filipinos are afflicted with cancer while 96 cancer patients die every day.

"That's four Filipinos dying every hour," Angara said.

"What's worse is that cancer does not recognize gender, social status, or even age--as we have seen children, some not even old enough to write their own names, stuck in hospitals trying to fight this disease,'' he added.

Angara also lamented the staggering cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment, which could drive even high-income families to sudden financial struggle. …

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