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LIST: Breast cancer organizations that you can support in the Philippines

By Catherine Kris Ciar Published Oct 18, 2022 11:26 am

According to World Health Organization data, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the Philippines. Statistics show that breast cancer accounts for 16% of all cancer diagnoses in women and that three out of every hundred Filipino women will acquire cancer during their lifetime.  

Here are just a few organizations in the Philippines that you can support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October 2022. Various groups and brands are also holding events and special promos throughout the month.

Kasuso Foundation 

Kasuso Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to providing early detection and navigation so that indigent patients can access quality and timely treatment and care. Kasuso is currently under Philippine Foundation For Breast Cancer (PFBCI). From 2004-2015, PFBCI was the only advocate and support group that managed and operated on breast care in a public hospital during that time.  

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Volunteers include health care and non-healthcare professionals and providers, breast cancer patients, survivors, their families, and committed individuals. For more information or inquiries on how to offer your support, you may email them at @[email protected] or contact 0917 8677624.  

ICanServe Foundation, Inc. 

The ICanServe Foundation, Inc. was established in 1999 by four breast cancer survivors led by writer Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Initially known as Information on Breast Cancer and Other Services, the organization empowers women with breast cancer and gives them cancer-related information to help with their health care. It provides hope so that ladies do not feel alone on their path. Volunteers are cancer survivors willing to share their light with other patients and survivors to brighten their way and make the journey easier. 

ICanServe is an advocacy organization that advocates and implements early breast cancer detection programs in local areas, ensuring continuous access to correct diagnosis, timely therapies, and patient navigation. 

For more information or inquiries, email them at [email protected]  or contact (02) 636 5578. You may also visit their website www.icanservefoundation.org where you can find the option to donate.  

ICanServe Foundation is located in Unit 2302 Medical Plaza Ortigas Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center Pasig City.  

Philippine Cancer Society, Inc.

The Philippine Cancer Society has been a private, non-stock, non-profit company since 1956, with the mission of advancing cancer science, combating disease spread, and providing assistance to cancer patients, including those with breast cancer. The organization raises cancer prevention awareness through publications, movies, lectures, and conferences. They also provide cancer screening services such as breast exams, pap smears, and mammography, among other health-related services. 

For more information or inquiries, email them at [email protected] or contact (02) 734 2126. You may also visit their website https://www.philcancer.org.ph/ 

The Philippine Cancer Society is located at 310 San Rafael Street, San Miguel 1005 Manila. 

Philippine Breast Cancer Network 

The PBCN was established in 1997 as a direct result of the First World Conference on Breast Cancer, and it continues to work for the global abolition of this disease that affects all women, regardless of race, age, or faith. As a result, the Philippine Breast Cancer Network is devoted to finding the environmental causes of breast cancer to prevent, intervene early, and ultimately eradicate the illness. 

For more information or inquiries, you may contact them at Smart: (0920) 909-9212, Sun: (0922) 881-1010, Globe: (0917) 676-0578. You may also visit their website http://www.pbcn.org/ to find the option to donate.   

The Philippine Breast Cancer Network is located at Barangay Loyola Heights, Esteban Abada St., Quezon City. 

It is never too late to educate yourself about health regarding breast cancer and be the light to someone. A little help goes a long way.