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Walk against breast cancer set today

First Posted 09:08:00 10/03/2009

The Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) will hold its ?6th Moonwalk: A Walk against Breast Cancer? today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Around 1,000 participants ? cancer support groups, public and private organizations, medical students and women community members ? have already pledged to join the walk.

Participants may assemble at the Cebu Business Park near the Pag-ibig Tower starting 4:30 p.m.

A short program will follow at the end of the walk at the Asiatown IT Park open ground.

Started in 2003, the walk aims to make Cebuanos aware of the breast cancer, a leading cancer afflicting most of the women in Cebu today.

According to the 1998-2002 Metro Cebu Population-based Cancer Registry, one of RAFI-EJACC?s major projects in its research component, breast cancer affects most Cebuanas and is the cancer with highest mortality rate.

The best way to stop this alarming break in breast cancer is through prevention. Awareness of this cancer at its early stage has been found to have led to survival, if not cure.

Early detection is done through a monthly breast exam and regular mammogram.

The EJACC will also be holding free breast screening and pap smear in the different barangays in Cebu City in all Saturdays of October.

The 6th run of the Moonwalk is in collaboration with the Kahayag Network, Cebu Breast Association, Cebu Cancer Fight, CAN with God, I Can Serve Foundation, and Destiny Medical Fund, and in cooperation with the Cebu City government, the Department of Health in Central Visayas and the Cancer Network of Cebu.

It is sponsored by the Cebu Business Park, Asiatown IT Park, Bayer Philippines Inc., High Precision Diagnostics and Redido Trading.

Those who want to join the walk and avail of free breast screening and pap smear may call Gina Mariquit at 254-6351 or 256-3287.

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