FDA chief says early cancer detection can save lives
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Nela Charade Puno said early detection of cancer can save lives, calling on women to have regular breast examinations.
Puno made the remarks following her breast surgery a year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Puno explained that the occurrence of breast cancer are triggered by various causes.
“Unfortunately, the primary risk factor is just that – being a woman,” she said.
Other risk factors include obesity, lack of physical exercise, diet choices and lifestyle.
“Medical experts estimate that about 10 percent of the cases of breast cancer in women are due to genes. In other words, it is hereditary which was what happened in my case,” Puno pointed out.
“In other words, my bout with cancer was due to what are called ‘fixed risk factors,’ or those over which an individual can do nothing about,” she said.
The other set of risk factors are “modifiable,” which means their effect can be reduced by changing certain things like diet and lifestyle.