by Glacetene Kayl N. Daba
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–As the Department of Health (DOH)-10 commemorates National Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Tristan Jediah Labitad advises the public to watch out for potential symptoms of cancer and cardiovascular diseases during Talakayan sa PIA, held at SM City CDO Uptown, here, February 4.
“Dapat magpa-check up gyud ta. I think high time na karon nga atong health-seeking behavior atong i-increase, bag-ohon nato atong pamatasan sa pag-atiman sa atong panglawas,” he said.
(We should really get checked-up. I think it’s high time that we increase our health-seeking behavior; we should change our attitude when it comes to taking care of our bodies)
With the number of people who have bad habits and use harmful substances on the rise, DOH-10 uses the slogan “Ka-Heartner” to encourage people to switch to a healthy and proactive way of life to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
“Sometimes man gud, ang uban because of their poor health-seeking behavior, dili na sila magpa-check up kay maunhan ug kahadlok, kabalaka, ug kaguol. Imbes unta sa early detection pa lang, makita na, ma-prevent ang pag-worsen sa kaso nimo, mao gyud unta na dapat atong buhaton,” he added.
(Sometimes, others, because of their poor health-seeking behavior, don’t want to get checked up because they are already afraid, worried, and anxious. Instead, in the early detection [stage], they can prevent the case from worsening; that is what we should do)
Since cancer treatments and chemotherapy pose a financial burden on families and individuals, DOH-10 also encourages the public to take part in free government facilities and support programs for people diagnosed with cancer or with possible cancer risks. (GKND/PIA-10)