Fruits Vegetables anti cancer

Good nutrition has always been a part of cancer prevention and supportive therapy for those who are experiencing cancer or are recovering from recent treatment. Here are vegetables and fruits with cancer protective properties that you can try to eat more or add into your diet:

1. Red
• Red colored fruits and vegetables contain lycopene which may protect against prostate cancer. Food sources include tomatoes and tomato products, papaya, pink grapefruit and watermelon.

2. Red and Purple
• Red and purple fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins and polyphenols that help prevent cancer formation, decrease inflammation and provide antioxidant support. Food sources include berries, grapes, red wine, plums, purple cabbage and peanuts.

3. Orange
• Orange fruits and vegetables contain Alpha and beta carotene that help protect against oral, esophageal, pharynx, larynx, and lung cancers. It also helps improve the immune system. Sources include carrot, mango, pumpkin and sweet potato

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is a malignant tumor of the thyroid gland which is located around your throat area. It is more common in women aged 30 - 50 years old. The people who are at risk of having this condition are those with history of childhood exposure to high energy radiation to the head and neck from X-rays and other sources and those with family history of Thyroid cancer. Symptoms include:

• A firm to hard and painless lump on the neck
• Hoarseness
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty swallowing due to an obstructing lump around the throat
• Enlarged lymph nodes

DCNPC XI Meeting

September 29, 2021- The D/CNPC XI Federation Officers and D/C/MNPCs of the Davao Region gathered virtually for a meeting last September 29, 2021. The 2nd regional virtual meeting was successfully facilitated by the National Nutrition Council XI staff and Regional Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson.

The meeting agenda included the updates on the D/C/M/NPC status of funds of the D/C/MNPC, the approved 2021 RNC Resolutions, the issuance of the BNS ID Cards, and other matters.

D/C/MNPC President Lynette Demaisip presented the status report of the current funds of the federation and the list of active members who continually settle their accounts annually. D/C/MNPC President also discussed their concerns, ideas, and opinions on other possible resource generation activity. One major concern during the discussion is how to generate income for the federations without compromising the members' time. The Municipality Nutrition Coordinator Bhenzar Sam of Maco, Davao De Oro, suggested hosting an event wherein CPD units and registration fees would apply for the licensed participants. RNPC Ungson then advised verifying the proposed idea of MNC Sam as the process for hosting this kind of event with CPD units with NNC CO or PRC XI.

leukemia early detection

“#BeLeukemiaAware: Early Diagnosis Saves Lives” is an advocacy tagline by the Acute Leukemia Advocates Network (ALAN) which aims to raise awareness about the early signs and symptoms of leukemia, and encourage public support for cancer research. Last September, we celebrated the “World Leukemia Awareness Month” and the “Blood Cancer Awareness Month” to raise awareness on early diagnosis of Leukemia which can save lives. Leukemia is considered to be among the top 5 killer-cancer in the Philippines with around 4,270 new cases diagnosed and 3,386 leukemia-caused deaths reported as of 2015. Among the leukemias, the most common type is lymphoid leukemia which is highest among Filipino children and among the elderly over 70 years old with a 5-year survival rate of only 5.2%. This is considered to be low and factors that may contribute are: delay in diagnosis or diagnosis of the disease at a later stage, lack of financial support for treatment and other patient related factors such as age and other comorbidities. Thus, awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukemia may prompt individuals to seek consultation, get diagnosed and receive treatment early which can lead to better outcomes.

What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer where white blood cells have uncontrolled growth which may hinder the production of red blood cells and other cells needed for the transport of nutrients and oxygen in the body. This may lead to symptoms such as easy fatigability, recurrent infections and unintended weight loss.

2nd BNS Onse Meeting

September 27, 2021 -The Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholar(BNS) ONSE Federation Officers gathered for the 2nd Regional meeting for this year. The National Nutrition Council XI staff with Regional Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson facilitated the virtual meeting via google meet.

The meeting agenda includes some updates on the 2022 BNS ONSE Plans, Projects, & Activities, the rundown of the newly approved 2021 RNC resolutions highlighting Resolution No. 7 Series of 2021, BNS Regional Evaluation, Issuance of BNS ID-CARDS, Status of the BNS Onse Funds, and other matters.

Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson first presented to the BNS officers the compensation the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) which can be claimed if proven the BHWs acquired COVID-19 during their render of service. Part of this presentation is the application process, the necessary documents needed, and the amount of compensation depending on the severity of the COVID case. Aside from this, Dr. Ungson informed the BNS ONSE officers that the National Nutrition Council Central Office is already discussing the matter with the Department of Health (DOH) to include the BNS in these benefits.


Nutrition and Pediatric Cancer Lancet

Image Source: The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

Last September, we observed the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the World Leukemia Awareness Month which aims to increase awareness about childhood cancers and to raise funds for research and treatment for children with cancer. Overall survival and quality of life are increased when these cancers are detected and treated early. But when should we suspect children to have cancer? Could malnutrition be a possible early sign of cancer in children?

According to Kliegman et al. (2020), “The most common manifestations of childhood cancer are fatigue, lack of appetite, feeling sick, pain, fever, abnormal lump or mass, paleness, bruising, bleeding, headache, vomiting, visual changes, weight loss, and night sweats”. Even though these symptoms are not specific, they should warrant a consultation with a pediatrician for further assessment.