Philippines Medical Center breast cancer
The launch of the SPMC Surgical Oncology-AVON Breast Clinic was held less than a year after AVON, PCS, and SPMC signed a partnership last November 2018. (From Left to Right) Dr. Alex Tan – Chairman, Surgical Oncology Section, Mindanao Surgical Oncology Fellowship Training Program DRMC-SPMC; Ms. Jasmine Mendiola -PR & Communications Manager, Avon Philippines; and Dr. Rachel Rosario – Executive Director Philippine Cancer Society. Credits to Avon Philippines.

Avon Philippines is continuing its long-time crusade with Philippine Cancer Society to fight breast cancer by opening a new clinic in Davao City.

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Surgical Oncology-AVON Breast Clinic opened its doors on October 25 to assist and care for more women and patients in Davao City and the rest of Mindanao.

AVON Philippines, one of the biggest corporate supporters of breast cancer awareness, has donated Php2.2 million for the renovation of the clinic and the procurement of an additional ultrasound machine through its partner, Philippine Cancer Society. With this additional equipment, SPMC—the biggest hospital in Mindanao—will be able to service up to 50 patients a day for breast cancer ultrasound diagnostics.

“The inauguration of SPMC Surgical Oncology-AVON Breast Clinic comes at such an opportune time as we observe the Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. We consider our partnership with SPMC as another historic milestone in our crusade against breast cancer since this is our first clinic outside Metro Manila,” said AVON Philippines General Manager Razvan Diratian.

“With the new facility, we can reach out to more Filipinas in Mindanao and make sure they lead healthy, happy lives now that SPMC can expand its breast care services and strengthen its collaborations with other local medical and civic organizations,” he added. “This project further reinforces AVON’s commitment in making sure that every woman knows about breast cancer and the importance of early detection in surviving this disease, while actively making significant contributions to this crusade.”

“We have a lot of kababayans who have no access to the medical help they need to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Through the SPMC Surgical Oncology-AVON Breast Clinic, the hospital and its doctors as well as NGOs and corporations can reach out and offer help to women and other breast cancer patients,” added Dr. Rachel Rosario, Executive Director of Philippine Cancer Society.

“On behalf of Dr. Vega, Dr. Maruya, and Dr. Tan, and all of us here at SPMC, we thank AVON Philippines and Philippine Cancer Society for providing quality medical assistance to our breast cancer patients in Davao and other provinces. The renovated facility and the new ultrasound are a big help for SPMC to serve more women and save more lives,” said Dr. Audan in his message during the clinic inauguration. “We’re very grateful to AVON and PCS for their unconditional support.”

For the past 25 years, AVON has been at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer, organizing annual initiatives to raise awareness on the disease and the breast self-exam as the surest way to detect it early. This year, the company teamed up with Color Manila for the AVON Pink Light Night Run & Walk last October 19 at the Filinvest City Events Grounds to raise awareness about the disease and funds for the Philippine Cancer Society.

Celebrity Marian Rivera-Dantes is an advocate of breast care and has even donated her excess milk for babies in need.

The Philippine tourism industry has also set up a safety program for women and children working in the sector.

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