Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Partners on a Nine-year Awareness Drive by EJACC

The Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) will hold the 9th Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 2 in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Moonwalk is an advocacy that aims to promote a collective effort in fighting breast cancer through a massive awareness campaign focused on the early screening and detection of breast cancer, such as observing monthly breast self-examination for women aged 20 years old and above. This event is organized in collaboration with the Cebu City Government, through Task Force Cancer of Cebu City, and other cancer support groups, such as KAHAYAG Network of Cancer Support Group, I CAN SERVE Foundation Inc., Cebu Cancer Fight Inc., Cebu Breast Association, and CAN with GOD. Sponsors of the event are Goldilocks, She Matters, Destiny Medical Fund Inc., I Can Serve, Rotary Club of Cebu-Fuente, and Department of Health Region 7. The assembly area will be at Plaza Independencia at 4 p.m. followed by a short program. Participants will then walk towards Fuente Osmeña Circle at 5 p.m. Half of the lane of the entire Osmeña Boulevard, from Plaza Independencia to Fuente Osmeña Circle, will be closed from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to wear pink shirts or any pink costume. For more information on Moonwalk and EJACC and its services, please contact 254- 6351 and look for Gina Mariquit, or visit or

How Breast Cancer Screenings Can Save Lives

Screening remains the primary defense available to women against contracting breast cancer. “Breast cancer screenings are very beneficial for women. These examinations should be periodically done by women even if they are not suspected of having breast cancer. There will be more lives saved if more women will take advantage of these screenings,” Ronald delos Reyes, program coordinator of Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), disclosed. EJACC continues to advocate the prevention of breast cancer through screening, more strongly so during October, which is declared Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when the cancer center will hold the annual “Moonwalk: A Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness”. 

This year, Moonwalk will gather hundreds of participants in pink costumes on Oct. 2 and walk together from Plaza Independencia to the Fuente Osmeña Rotunda. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Cebuano women, based on EJACC’s Metro Cebu Population-based Cancer Registry. Delos Reyes added that men are not exempt from contracting the disease.

 EJACC records women aged 50-54 years old are the ones most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2003-2007, there are 657 deaths out of the 1,349 breast cancer cases. “Breast cancer screening means checking a woman's breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. This can help detect cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early on, it is easier to treat,” Delos Reyes explained. 

There are three periodic examinations that are employed to screen the breast for cancer. These are monthly breast self-examination (BSE), annual clinical breast examination (CBE), and annual mammography. Beginning in their 20s, women should do breast self-exam. This examination enables women to be familiarized with their breasts for lumps, changes, or abnormalities in shape or size of the breast, in the armpit area and other areas of the breast. “Breast self-exam can be easily performed while during bath time. 

One can discover breast lumps when their skin is moist. Do small circles in up and down pattern in the surrounding area of your breasts by applying light and firm pressure over each area,” he said, pointing out that changes in color and texture of the skin and nipple should also be checked. Some other things that should be noted during BSE are swelling, nipple pulling inward, nipple discharge (not breast milk), and unusual pain in the breasts. He said that BSE should be performed five to 10 days after the monthly menstruation period. To those women who no longer have monthly periods, they can do the examination any time of the month.

 On the other hand, when women reach the age of 40, an annual CBE should be done by a trained and healthcare professional. “The annual CBE is a good time for women to learn the proper technique to examine their breasts, ask questions regarding their health, and note any changes or abnormalities,” he said. Annual mammography, on the other hand, should be done at the age of 40 and above. A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breast used to detect abnormalities, including those too small for you or your doctor to feel or see. All women are at risk of developing breast cancer, he pressed. “Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. This is because of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which can promote breast cancer cells,” he said. 

He added that those women who have had early menstruation (before the age 12), those who went through late menopausal (after age 55), and women who have not had children or who had their first child after the age of 30 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. The increase in risks may be due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones, estrogen, and progesterone

. “Seventy percent of the newly diagnosed breast cancer cases in Metro Cebu were found in the later stage of the disease. As the cases of breast cancer is becoming higher in number, the best option and the primary prevention is periodic screenings,” he said. (By Chrisley Ann Hinayas/Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Colds and Flu and How manage it the Natural Way


If you're like most people, you know the symptoms of the common cold all too well ,Headache. Stuffy nose. Cough. Fever. Itchy eyes. Sore throat. Muscle aches are signs and symptoms caused by any one of hundreds of different viruses. Spending much annually on doctor visits and cold remedies (everything from tissues and vitamin C to over-the-counter decongestants and herbal teas), there is no cure for the common cold the body has to rely on its own natural defenses.

What Happens then?
During a cold,
virus particles penetrate the mucous layer of the nose and throat and attach themselves to cells there. The viruses punch holes in the cell membranes, allowing viral genetic material to enter the cells. Within a short time, the virus takes over and forces the cells to produce thousands of new virus particles.

In response to this viral invasion, the body marshals its defenses: The nose and throat
releasechemicals that spark the immune system; injured cells produce chemicals calledprostaglandins, which trigger inflammation and attract infection-fighting white blood cells; tiny blood vessels stretch, opening up space to allow blood fluid (plasma) and specialized white cells to enter the infected area; the body temperature rises, enhancing the immune response; and histamine is released, increasing the production of nasal mucus in an effort totrap viral particles and remove them from the body.

While colds are here to stay -- for now -- you don't have to be totally at their mercy because there are some safe home remedies to ease your symptoms once you're sick.

1. Chicken soup. is a time-honoured remedy that is tried, tested and true. Chicken soup stops certain white blood cells (neutrophils) from congregating and causing inflammation, preventing large amounts of mucus from being produced. The hot soup also thins the mucus. Adding freshly chopped garlic to your soup gives the system a powerful boost. While garlic kills germs outright, it also appears to stimulate the release of natural killer cells, which are part of the immune system’s arsenal of germ-fighters. Spike your soup with red (chili) pepper flakes to increase the broth’s decongestant power.

2. Drink as much water as you can—eight or more 250 mL glasses—to keep mucous membranes moist and to help relieve dry eyes and other common flu symptoms. Fluids also help thin mucus so that it’s easier to expel.

3. For a sore throat remedy, fill a 250 mL glass with warm water, mix in one teaspoon ofsalt and gargle away. The salt really does soothe the pain.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice to a glass of warm water for the more traditional sore throat gargle. This creates an acidic environment that’s hostile to bacteria and viruses.

4. Breathe easy with steam. Pour just-boiled water into a large bowl. Drape a towel over the top of your head to trap the steam, and breathe in through your nose for five to 10 minutes. Don’t lower your face too close to the water or you risk scalding your skin or inhaling vapours that are too hot. To make steam inhalations more effective, add five to 10 drops thyme oil or eucalyptus oil to the water. Keep your eyes closed as you breathe in the steam, since both essential oils and steam may irritate your eyes. On the go? Dab a few tissues with eucalyptus oil and hold them under your nose whenever you feel congested.

5. A dose of garlic—a natural antiseptic—will do a job on those viruses. If you’re feeling very brave, hold a small clove or a half-clove of garlic in your mouth and breathe the fumes into your throat and lungs. If it gets too strong as the clove softens, just chew if up quickly into smaller pieces and swallow with water.

6. ginger tea with lemon and honey this tea not only gives relief, but also works on stimulating your immune system and warms you up Well.

lemon is high in Vitamin C. It is also full of phytochemicals

Ginger and honey are also well documented to help the immune system.

Here’s what you do: (you may need to experiment with amounts to get the taste that suits you)

1. Fill up your teakettle and get it boiling.

2. Meanwhile, grate a one-inch piece of fresh ginger root.

3. Get a quart thermos out..

4. Put the ginger in the thermos.

5. Put a dash of lemon juice in the thermos. A dash is about 4 tablespoons. Actually, it's less of a dash and more of a small splash. :)

6. Add a dash of honey to taste .

7. When your water is boiled, pour it in the thermos.

8. Cover it up and let it sit for 20 minutes.

9. Strain into a tea cup and enjoy!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Flawless Cebu Facial

The country’s leading clinic for face, body and aesthetic services just marked another milestone as Flawless unveils its new look to residents of the Queen City of the South.

Five years after it debuted, Flawless Cebu, underwent a major make over to sport the chain’s modern and style-forward look. All these in the name of improving the experience and quality of service it offers to Cebuanos.

“Since it opened back in December 2007, our Cebu clinic remains to be one of our best performing clinics,” explains Ms. Rubby Sy, owner and CEO of Flawless. “And as a show of gratitude and appreciation to all Cebuanos for their continued patronage, we thought of updating its look and feel, it being our third largest clinic to date.”

Situated on the second level of SM City Cebu, the clinic boasts on its warm yet modern interiors, accentuated by the brand’s signature pink tones. In its lobby majestically hangs a custom-made chandelier that tastefully complements the well-lit display of the brand’s popular local and imported beauty products. Its windows are clad with its renowned celebrity endorsers, while the treatment area hosts a series of beds that sits spaciously apart from each other, and houses some of the most advanced aesthetic machines in the country.

Powered by skin professionals, Flawless main thrust lies in its people—it is one of the few brands in the country that has an acclaimed roster of aestheticians and duly licensed doctors in all its clinics.

“We strive to provide everyone with high quality products and services that are borne out of extensive medical research,” adds Sy. “We really take our business seriously. All the solutions that we provide are at par with those offered by top clinics in the United States, Europe, and Asian countries.”
Founded on the premise of providing Filipinos with accessible world-class aesthetic solutions, Flawless bridges the gap between quality yet affordable products and treatments closer to more Filipinos. The mall-based franchise is now open to franchising to reach out to more patients in need of budget friendly yet superior skin care only from the professionals.

Today, the brand has over 30 strategically-placed clinics nationwide, with two upcoming openings, Davao and CDO, by the end of the year. To find out more about the Flawless’ products and services, you may call (032) 238-9605 or visit You can also like them on Facebook at FlawlessFaceandBody, and follow them on Twitter at myFlawless.


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