MANILA – Disease as the cause of death is a cruel reality that everyone will face during their lives.
According to the latest figures from the Philippine Statistical Office (PSA), about 66 Filipinos die every minute, or 1,591 per day.
In the past decade, ischemic heart disease and cancer are among the two most common causes of death among Filipino people and the consequence of pneumonia in third place.
Of the 582 183 registered deaths in 2016, it was approximately 74,134 cases or 12.7% of the total due to ischemic heart disease. Cancer recorded 60,470 cases or 10.4%, while pneumonia recorded 57,809 cases or 9.9% in both men and women.
Ischemic heart disease
Ischemic heart disease occurs when the heart does not get enough blood and oxygen due to arterial narrowing.
It is the leading cause of death among Filipino men with 74,134 cases and the second cause of death among Filipino women with 29,662 cases per year.
In an earlier interview with the Philippine Intelligence Agency (PNA), Dr. Gino Quizon, a cardiologist at the Medical Center in Manila, remains a mortality rate due to ischemic heart disease despite progress in treatment due to the unhealthy lifestyle of most Filipinos.
Quizon recommends not smoking cigarettes and alcohol intake, and recommends controlling sugar and cholesterol as well as stress management.
Cancer, also known as neoplasms, is characterized by the presence of malignant growth or tumor resulting from abnormal cell division. The most common types of neoplasms include uterine uterus, bladder, thyroid gland, soft tissue, prostate, ovary, skin, lymph nodes, lungs, kidneys, stomach, anal, blood, bone, breast, throat and colorectal carcinoma.
According to the latest PSA data, more women died of cancer compared to men, with 30,954 cases per year.
The Philippine Cancer Index shows that breast cancer is the leading type of cancer that affects both sexes in the country 24.9 percent.
Marcelo SeverinoImasa, an oncologist in St. Luke's Medical Center, said PNA breast cancer is the leading type of cancer, but it is not the leading cause of cancer deaths in the country.
"It is the main cause of death because most of the diagnosed cases of lung cancer are already in the late stages. There is very little treatment option that is of a medicinal nature if we could diagnose it early on cancer deaths, lower rate, "he said.
Imasa has stressed lung cancer itself aggressive.
"Even if they were diagnosed early, maybe a quarter of those diagnosed with lung cancer would live five or even less," he said.
Pneumonia is an infection of both lungs. In the past decade, the lives of 57, 089 Filipinos claim each year.
"Some are mistaken for lung cancer, but pneumonia is not only caused by lung cancer, someone with a disrupted immune system such as elderly patients, diabetics and dialysis patients are considered to be at high risk for looping pneumonia," the onkyologist Denky said Shoji from Rosa.
Dela Rosa has explained that there is also hospital-related or health-related pneumonia that affects patients who have long been hospitalized.
"If we are hospitalized, there is a risk of developing pneumonia, all patients brought to the hospital have strong bacteria, antibiotics can kill them, but what happens to antibiotic-resistant bacteria?
Dela Rosa added that pollution could be a factor in infecting the disease, but it only depends on how weak or strong the person's immune system is.
"So it is important to emphasize that there are adult vaccines, a flu vaccine that is given every year, pneumonia vaccines, so adults will reduce the likelihood of the infection happening, which can be avoided to some extent, but pneumonia is a common cause of many of patients, "she said.
Other diseases that caused death among Filipino include cerebrovascular disease with 56,938 cases, hypertensive disease with 33,452 cases, diabetes mellitus 33,295 cases, another heart disease with 28,641 cases, respiratory tuberculosis with 24,462 cases, chronic lower respiratory tract 24, and genital tract disease with 19,759 cases.
Imasa told PNA that Filipinos generally consult a doctor only if the symptoms of their illness are already serious and therefore their cancer or any disease is diagnosed at a later or more advanced stage.
"Unlike other countries, they can plan for a consultation and are covered by government or insurance. The Filipinos would have avoided doctors because it costs them to be allocated for food or education, it's almost always an unnecessary expense," he said. added that setting a health care system could lead to lower mortality rates in the future. (PNA)