Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
September 14, 2012
CEBU CITY – In
line with the observance of Liver Cancer Awareness Month this
September, the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of Ramon
Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) encourages the public to have a
complete vaccination for hepatitis B as a primary preventive measure
for liver cancer.
Ronald delos Reyes, program
coordinator of EJACC, said that 80 percent of patients diagnosed with
liver cancer in Metro Cebu are infected with Hepatitis B while the
remaining percent is due to excessive alcohol intake.
EJACC’s 2003-2007 data shows
that there are 1,267 deaths from the 1,612 liver cancer cases.
“People will soon see the
benefits of the vaccination. There will be a decrease in number of
liver cancer cases, particularly in Metro Cebu, if all people will be
vaccinated,” delos Reyes said, pointing out that Lapu-Lapu City has
the highest number of liver cancer cases in Metro Cebu.
During the September 8
episode of “Pagtuki”, the official radio program of RAFI, delos Reyes
said that Hepatitis B and C are the primary causes of liver cancer
followed by cirrhosis of the liver, which is characterized as scarring
of the liver caused by sustained alcohol intake.
He added that patients with
diabetes, especially with hepatitis, people whose mother or father
with liver cancer, and obese people are the ones at risk of developing
Dr. Monen Sarabosing,
internal medicine doctor of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center,
also encourages the public to take preventive measures to reduce one’s
risk of liver cancer.
These measures include
vaccination for hepatitis B, avoidance of excessive alcohol intake,
sex with multiple partners, and smoking.
“Liver cancer has a poor
prognosis because it is often diagnosed very late in its course. It
usually presents no symptoms not until the disease has already spread
in the liver. Some visible symptoms include abdominal pain, especially
in the upper-right part, yellow skin or eyes (jaundice), and loss of
appetite,” she stressed out.
Sarabosing added that people
should take care of their livers for it performs vital functions in
the body. The liver stores nutrients that are absorbed from the
intestine and filters out and breaks down toxic wastes in the blood,
which are then removed from the body.
“Healthy lifestyle always
tops our list of preventive measures. We should eat the right food
with the right amount, an exercise for at least 30 minutes daily, and
strive for a less-stressed life,” she added.
For more information on
liver cancer and EJACC and its services, please contact 254-6351 and
look for Gina Mariquit, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or
“Pagtuki” is aired over dyLA
every Saturday at 10-11 a.m. The program, which is one of the
Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and
relevant issues affecting the Cebuano community.