Cervical Cancer Prevention: Saving Filipino Women
Philippine Health Campaign for Cervical Cancer Prevention
With Philippines Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) and GSK Philippines
One for the Record: Anne Curtis and 1,000 plus Doctors Danced for 12 Pinays
Manila Philippines, November 8, 2012 – Almost 1,146 doctors set new Guinness World Records for the First Large Number of Dancing Doctors to Fight A Disease. No these doctors don’t mean to outrun and outwit the dancing inmates of Cebu, the dance campaign aims to raise health awareness for women’s dreaded disease – the cervical cancer. Over 7,000 new cases are reported annually, with an average of 12 Filipino women who are about to die tomorrow because of a fatal but highly preventable disease. Cervical cancer prevention is timely needed because all women are at risk — all women regardless of age, lifestyle or economic status. Vaccination alongside screening is a woman’s best defense against the killer cancer.
On 12 Filipinas
12 Filipinas die of Cervical Cancer and also the second biggest cause of female cancer mortality in the country.
Celebrity Anne Curtis is this year’s spokesperson for GSK Philippines’ Cervical Cancer Prevention campaign.
Leading Obstetrical Gynecologists and more than 1500 other doctors will temporarily trade their stethoscope and lab coats for a pair of dancing shoes and swing their way to raising funds to fight Cervical Cancer.
The dancefest organized by Philippines Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) and sponsored by GSK Philippines was tagged as “Beat It!: Fighting Cervical Cancer One Beat At A Time” held last Thursday night at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center. The event highlighted the participation of doctors dancing for almost 1 hour to the beat assisted by Jason Zamora of the Maneuvers, the Philippine All Stars and Anne Curtis. Watch out for the final released of the record-setting 5-minute dancefest video on YouTube from the event organizers. The dancefest played with the music from the past to present era! =)
Featuring the Dancing Doctors of the Philippines
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The warm-up started with Psy’s “Gangnam Style” while Anne Curtis open the program with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. The dancing doctors groove to the rhythm of Naughty By Natures’ Hip Hop Hooray, MC Hammer’s Too Legit To Quit and with final dance music from Michael Jackson’s BEAT IT!
Cervical Cancer Prevention Through Screening and Vaccination
In the Philippines, Filipino women are exposed to the human papillomavirus (HPV) – a virus that women get through intimate encounters. 80% of women with active and intimate experiences are prone to get HPV at some time in their lives. Consider when these women are exposed to the cancer-causing strains of this virus, it will eventually lead to cervical cancer. Philippines also has the lowest 5 year survival rate in the world.
Richard Yap (aka Papa Chen or Sir Chief), GSK Philippines, Anne Curtis and POGS
“What is worse is that cervical cancer can be asymptomatic during its early stages when it’s most treatable – and women discover they have it when the disease has severely progressed,” mentions Dr. delos Reyes,POGS President.
According to Bing Salandan (GSK Philippines’ Product Manager) GSK Philippines supported the event because the group believe that through this dance event, they could help in encouraging Filipino women to be mindful of their health by taking care of themselves – not just through exercise and well-balanced diet, but most importantly making sure that every women are protected from disease by having and completing a shot(s) of anti-cervical cancer vaccines.
Doctors are more fun in the Philippines =)
Apart from the awareness, the dancefest lead to accumulating approximately 1,400 anti-cervical cancer vaccines for the participating regions nationwide. Each doctor who signed up for the dance event will received one vaccine for them to share to their community, FREE of charge. On top of that, winning regions from the dancefest will receive another vaccine. The doctors’ dancing skills and effort has really paid off, imagine the number of free vaccines to be given away to the Filipino women who are greatly in need of it and cannot afford it, a worthy cause from POGS and GSK PH. =)
More photos from the dancing doctors (POGS) – “Beat It!: Fighting Cervical Cancer One Beat At A Time”
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