MANILA – Illness as the cause of death is a dark reality with which everyone will face in his lifetime.
According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistical Agency (PSA), about 66 Filipinos die every minute or 1.591 a day.
Over the past decade, ischemic heart disease and cancer remain the first two causes of death among the Filipinos, and then the third point of pneumonia.
Of the 582,183 registered deaths in 2016, about 74,134 cases or 12.7% of the total number were due to ischemic heart disease. Cancer accounted for 60,470 cases or 10.4 percent, while pneumonia reported 57,809 cases or 9.9 percent for men and women.
Ischemic heart disease
Ischemic heart disease occurs when the heart does not get enough blood and oxygen due to narrowed arteries.
This is the main cause of death among Filipino men with 74,134 cases and another cause of death among Filipino women with 29,662 cases per year.
In an earlier interview with the Philippine Nevs Agencies (PNA), Dr. Gino Kuizon, a cardiologist at the Medical Center of Manila, the mortality rate due to ischemic heart disease remains high despite the advancement of his treatment for the unhealthy lifestyle of most of the Philippines.
Kuizon advised against smoking and alcohol intake, recommended sugar and cholesterol control, and stress management.
Cancer, also known as neoplasm, is characterized by the presence of malignant growth or tumor resulting from abnormal cell division. The most common types of neoplasms include uterine, urinary bladder, thyroid gland, soft tissue, prostate, ovary, skin, lymph node, lung, kidneys, stomach, anal, blood, bone, chest, throat, esophageal and colorectal carcinoma.
According to the latest PSA data, more Philippine women die of cancer compared to men, with 30,954 annual cases.
The Philippines's cancer register shows that breast cancer is the leading type of cancer that affects both sexes in the country with 24.9 percent.
Marcelo SeverinoImasa, a medical oncologist at the Medical Center St. Luke said that PNA breast cancer is the leading type of cancer, but this is not the leading cause of cancer death in the country.
"This is the leading cause of death, because most of the diagnosed cases of lung cancer are already in the late stage. So, there are very few options available for treatment that is curative in nature, if we could diagnose it earlier in the sense of death from cancer, have a much lower degree, "he said.
Imasa emphasized that lung cancer is in itself aggressive.
"Even if they have been diagnosed earlier, maybe a quarter of only those diagnosed with lung cancer will live five years or even less," he said.
Pneumonia is an infection of both lungs. In the past decade, every year they search for the lives of 57, 089 Filipinos.
"Some are wrong about causative lung cancer, but pneumonia is not just about lung cancer, but everyone with a disadvantaged immune system like the elderly, diabetics and patients undergoing dialysis is considered a high risk of inflammation of pneumonia," said medical oncologist Denki Shoji dela Rosa he said for PNA.
Rosa explained that there is a hospital-pneumonia associated with a hospital that affects patients who have long been imprisoned in hospitals.
"If we are hospitalized, we risk getting pneumonia, all patients brought into the hospital have strong bacteria. When given antibiotics, we are able to kill them, but what happens to antibiotics-resistant bacteria?" The poor immune system of patients, "she said.
Work by Rosa added that pollution can be a factor in contracting the disease, but it all depends on how much the immune system of the person concerned is weak or strong.
"So, it's important to emphasize that there are vaccines for adults, an influenza vaccine that is given every year, anti-pneumonic vaccines, so adults will reduce their likelihood of infection. To a certain extent, it can be avoided, but pneumonia is the common output of many patients, "she said.
Other diseases that cause death among Filipinos include cerebrovascular disease with 56,938 cases, hypertensive diseases with 33,452 cases, diabetes mellitus 33,295 cases, other heart diseases with 28,641 cases, respiratory tuberculosis with 24,462 cases, chronic infections from the lower respiratory system at 24, 2365 cases, and genitourinary system diseases with 19,759 cases.
Imasa told PNA that it appears that the Filipinos are consulting doctors only when the symptoms of the disease are already serious, so their cancer or any illness is diagnosed at a later or earlier stage.
"Unlike other countries, they can schedule consultations and pay them by government or insurance. Here, the Filipinos would avoid seeing doctors because this implies costs for those who can be allocated for food or education, that is almost always the cost of pocket, "he said, adding that improving the country's health system could lead to a lower mortality rate in the future. (PNA)