Rappler Hangout: Fighting an invisible enemy
MANILA, Philippines – 16 Filipino women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day. Out of this, 11 die from the disease. Because it is often detected in its late stages, the mortality rate is high.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer among Filipino women between 15-44 years old, next to breast cancer.
In today's fast-paced world, not a lot of women take the time to be concerned about their risks of getting cervical cancer. This, however, should be a mindset that ought to be changed.
In Rappler's next Hangout, we invite guests who will openly talk about this invisible enemy. Who are most vulnerable? What are the available options to reduce the risk of cervical cancer? How can the modern Filipino woman take preventive action?
This Hangout will be moderated by health journalist and sexual health advocate, Ana P. Santos. Some of our guests include:
Joyce Burton-Titular, former beauty queen (Miss Young Philippines 1980 and Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1985).
Dr. Julieta "Jayjay" Germar, OB-Gyne at the Philippine General Hospital.
Gretchen Laurel, single career woman.
Jim Paredes, TV personality, father of two girls, and husband of a cancer survivor.
Join the conversation on Wednesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m. Got questions for our guests? Send them in using #fightcervicalcancer on Twitter, or comment below. - Rappler.com