QC offers free lectures, services in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The local government of Quezon City is offering free lectures and other services for breast cancer as part of marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

All 65 health centers in the city’s 142 barangays are giving free lectures on breast cancer. Women of reproductive age can also receive free lectures teaching them how to do breast self-examinations.

Women who notice lumps or distortions in their breast during a self-examination will be asked to go to the nearest health center for proper assessment. Doctors will then refer patients to the Quezon City General Hospital to book a schedule for an ultrasound or mammogram.

“It is the city government’s responsibility to ensure that our constituents receive all the healthcare services they need and all the necessary information that will empower them,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Aside from lectures, the city is also conducting free visual inspection with acetic acid wash (VIA), an early diagnosis method used to detect the lesions that can be an indicator of cervical cancer.