The Story . . .
Cancer, the scourge of our time, is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with 14 million new cancer diagnoses worldwide in 2015 and 8.8 million deaths from the disease. The projected numbers for the year 2030 are 20-26 million new diagnoses and 13-17 million deaths. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. More than a million develop the disease without knowing it, and more than 500,000 women die from it every year.
In the Philippines, with its population of 103.3 million, cancer is becoming an increasingly significant burden on the country’s health care services. Breast, lung, colorectal, liver, and cervical cancers are the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer. Four Filipinos die of cancer every hour. At least 70% of patients have advanced or incurable cancers at the time of diagnosis. The Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia, and has the highest prevalence of breast cancer among 197 countries. One in every thirteen of our women is expected to develop it in her lifetime. The World Health Organization (WHO) cited these alarming statistics, obtained from reports of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The mortality rates among our people are ballooning. The Department of Health (DOH) has ranked colon cancer as the fourth overall in incidence and mortality while lung cancer remains to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and third in women. An average of 12 of our women die of cervical cancer everyday.
Notably, even after years of research, with billions of dollars spent per year, the conventional medical establishment’s “war on cancer” has been a dismal failure. Today, most people continue to equate cancer with death or, at the very least, an excruciating journey back to health filled with physical debilitation and pain.
I have spent more than a third of my life reassuring cancer patients, always trying to raise their morale, helping them understand the options available, explaining step-by-step healing methods of conventional, integrative, functional and natural therapies, and strengthening their hopes. In this long and arduous journey accompanied with many frustrations, disappointments, and pains, I feel very privileged. I have been given this opportunity to be on the front lines of fighting cancer, helping people, and serving the sick.
In the fall of 2017, I was invited to give a lecture on “The Road Map to Healing Cancer” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Narjit Singh Dhaliwal of My Life Center and Mr. Stanley Ong of CanSurvive Centre Malaysia Berhad organized the event. Thus, prompted the birth of CanSurvive Philippines, because no one should fight cancer alone!
The main goal of CanSurvive Philippines is reaching out to more cancer patients, families, caregivers, and the community. Its charter primarily seeks to provide the latest cancer research, as well as innovative, integrative, natural, functional, and proven therapies and approaches in addressing today’s cancer epidemic. If patients are better informed about their disease, look after body and mind, and are given what they need to improve their health, then they can mobilize their body’s functions to fight cancer. They can live better and longer!