cancer, cancer control, law

The Department of Health (DOH) today commends the enactment into law of Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act on February 14 which seeks to implement a national framework to combat cancer.
The new law “shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which includes the strengthening of integrative, multidisciplinary, patient, and family centered cancer control policies, programs, systems, interventions and services at all levels of the existing health care delivery system.”
Aside from the establishment of the program, the measure is also aimed at decreasing the incidence and deaths from preventable cancer in adults and children. There will be focus on preventing cancer recurrence and secondary cancer among survivors and people living with cancer, making cancer treatment and care affordable and accessible, and supporting the recovery and reintegration to society of cancer survivors, among others.
Data from the Department of Health’s Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates showed that the incidence of cancer was up to eight deaths per day for childhood cancer and up to 11 new cases and seven deaths per hour for adult cancer. This means 110,000 new cancer cases and over 66,000 cancer deaths each year.
“On Valentines Day, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the said bill into law as a gift to the Filipino people, for women who are more prone to certain types of cancer like breast, cervical, ovarian cancers, and also men for prostate, lung and colorectal cancers,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III remarked.
But the public is not alone in this fight. The government continuously assists Filipinos who are suffering from this dreaded disease. One example is the PhilHealth Z-Benefit Package which is designed for those who may acquire the so-called catastrophic diseases such as breast, prostate, cervical cancers and childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia. This is an in-patient package that includes mandatory diagnostics, operating room expenses, doctor/professional fees, room and board, and medicines.
“This is to assure the public that the DOH is serious with its fight against one of the leading causes of death in the country. Its lifelong commitment to our constituents is to protect their health and prevent this dreaded disease,” the health chief concluded.
This bill was ratified by both the Senate and House of Representatives before going on holiday breaks last year.