Woman Today’s Breast Cancer Awareness Advocacy 2017
It was a different kind of celebration when Tessie Pamintuan had an early celebration of her birthday last month with Woman Today. Tessie is a dynamic entrepreneur and cancer survivor. Woman Today (WT) with its
It was a different kind of celebration when Tessie Pamintuan had an early celebration of her birthday last month with Woman Today. Tessie is a dynamic entrepreneur and cancer survivor. Woman Today (WT) with its publisher, Monica R. Aveo, is marking its 17-year Breast Cancer Awareness Advocacy.
The medical mission was made possible with the magnanimous support of Gift2Life, a breast cancer support group led by Dr. Cristina L. Santos, a surgeon with Keep Abreast as the lead service organization and provider of the clinical breast screening services.
Breast Cancer Imperative Inc. (BRCAI) with Dr. Laennee C. Baquiran at the helm provided the mobile MammoVan. With all the support groups, Tessie and WT went all out for a medical-dental mission for the women of Baras, Rizal held at the Ynares Gym.
The activity also had the blessings of the local government of Baras in collaboration with civic organizations to provide the poor with access to better medical care. The Zonta Club of Makati and Environs and Best Diagnostic Corp. (BDC) also participated in the mission. BDC provided the mammography technician and radiology specialist for the film readings.
BRCAI was instrumental in bringing to the Baras medical-dental mission the MammoVan customized by Toyota through the efforts of Dr. Baquiran. Breast cancer is close to the heart of Dr. Baquiran because his sister, Delia is a survivor, thus, the family supports breast cancer awareness campaigns.
A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the East, Dr. Baquiran opted to say in the Philippines despite tempting offers to go abroad. He became president of the Philippine College of Surgeons, Northern Luzon Chapter which co-founded BRCAI. Dr. Baquiran, the vice-president of BRACAI, is also the longtime chief physician of Toyota Motor Philippines that pursues health care advocacy.
Toyota’s mobile MammoVan was extremely helpful in convincing the Baras women to participate in the medical mission. The medical experts’ services and procedures (such as mammography) were free and practically brought to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries. The women did not have to travel far for their breast screening and mammography.
By Cynthia U. Santiago
Photos by Ed Santiago