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Among Philippine population, breast cancer is the deadliest illness

For men and women living in the Philippines, breast cancer has become the number one deadly illness, a position that used to be held by lung cancer, according to a new report from the Philippine Star.

"This is significant as far as the national cancer control program is concerned as we need to intensify efforts to save our women from this deadly disease through early prevention and detection," Dr. Roberto Paterno, of the Philippine Cancer Society, told the news source.

Lung cancer, liver and cervix tumors are also deadly diseases that rank below breast cancer. According to the 2010 Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimate report, more than 4,300 women will die of breast cancer this year. More than 12,000 new cases will be diagnosed among women as well.

Comparatively, in the U.S., the annual rate of new diagnoses for breast cancer is more than 200,000, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer affects men as well as women, although the prevalence rate is much lower for men, less than 2,000 per year.

As a precautionary measure and as a way to detect breast cancer at their earliest onset, in order to prevent the spread of tumors the ACS recommends that all women over the age of 40 receive yearly mammograms.
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