Power Over Cervical Cancer - “You Can & You Will" Empowers Women To Fight

We may be living in an era where women not only rule our homes, they also run the world—from being leaders in the government to managing business enterprises, women now have more opportunities to realize their dreams.

Dr. Erwin De Mesa, Dr Leah MaƱo, Dr. Anna Marie Ignacio-Alensuela, Dr. Maria Julieta Germar, Jackielyn Cortez, Dr. Christine Dizon and Lyn Baxter

The sad fact, however, is that every day, seven Filipino women die of cervical cancer , and may never get to complete their life goals, may be stripped of the chance to fulfill a successful career, start a family or even just find Mr. Right. All because of a disease, a kind of cancer that puts every woman at risk, regardless of race, age, lifestyle or socio-economic status .
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Cervical cancer continues to be a major threat for Filipino women. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinas . What’s worrisome is that two in three Filipinas diagnosed with cervical cancer may die within five years . Since culturally, Filipinas are known to be caring and selfless for others but tend to dismiss concerns about themselves, those who may have contracted cervical cancer may have been diagnosed at a late stage, when the chances of recovery are slim.

Abbygale Arenas-De Leon President of Bravehearts Coalition 6

Andi Manzano-Reyes with her Mom Rose Manzano Cervical Cancer Survivor

What Is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the entrance between the vagina and the uterus .  This is caused by persistent infection with the cancer causing human papillomavirus (HPV) .

It is also estimated that up to 80 percent of women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives . Majority of HPV infections may come and go , some may clear spontaneously within two years , however if the immune system is weak, the HPV infections may persist and may eventually lead to the development of cervical cancer .

While HPV is primarily transmitted via sexual intercourse, skin-to-skin genital contact is also a recognized mode of transmission. Lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of cervical cancer, such as being conscientious about one’s sexual activities. Beyond regular consultations and pap smears by your OB-GYN, vaccines that protect against cancer-causing HPV are also now readily available.

Who is at risk?

The incidence of cancer-causing HPV infection is actually highest at the young ages of 15-19 .  One is at a greater risk of cervical cancer if one had her first sexual intercourse at a young age; have given birth for multiple times; have or have had sexually transmitted diseases; have HIV or whose immune system is weakened; a smoker; long-term use of oral contraceptives for 5 years or more and those who rarely or have not yet had any pap smear .

The World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (WHO-SAGE) on Immunization reiterates the importance of getting young girls protected through HPV immunization before their first exposure to HPV (i.e. before sexual contact), as young as 9 years old.

For older women, the risk of persistent infection with cancer-causing HPV (which is necessary for cervical cancer to develop) increases with age, and is highest when a woman is over 66 years old .  Thus, screening is recommended starting age 21 to detect cervical abnormalities that precede actual cervical cancer.  Studies further show that vaccination remains to be beneficial for older women to prevent HPV infections .

Power Over Cervical Cancer

In commemoration of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, research-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) furthers its advocacy to increase cervical cancer awareness efforts with the Power Over Cervical Cancer “You Can & You Will” campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage Filipinas to realize that they have the power to protect themselves and their dreams—simply by consulting their doctors and asking about ways to prevent cervical cancer.

 “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Getting cancer may be a distant concept for women who are well and at their prime, but they should be aware that even the healthiest can be at risk,” says, Dr. Leah Manio, GSK Medical Affairs Manager.
Dr. Anna Marie Ignacio-Alensuela Chair Committee on Reproductive Health Phil Obstretical and genocological Society (POGS)

Dr. Maria Julieta Germar Secretary Society of Gynecologic Oncology of the Philippines

In the Philippines, it is estimated that the financial cost of preventing cervical cancer through screening and vaccination could be 20 times more affordable than the cost of treatment ,” she adds.

 “The power to protect yourself from cervical cancer is in your hands, and NOW is the best time to consult with your physician and have yourself screened,” Dr. Manio stated.

GSK remains true to its commitment of increasing access to preventive healthcare through its initiatives to improve access to information through its disease awareness efforts.

To know more about cervical cancer, visit the Power Over Cervical Cancer Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/POCCPh) and the Pangarap Mo, Protektado page on Youtube (www.youtube.com/ProteksyonPortal) containing information and short films conveying how protecting oneself against vaccine-preventable diseases is one important step in the achievement of one’s dreams.

Join The SM Store's Instagram #StyleUpMovement Challenge - Win P30K Shopping Spree

After the successful take off of the Style Up Summer Campaign of SM Makati, the SM Store is at it again – and now, extending it to a bigger crowd. Launching a nationwide online contest that challenges Filipinos, of all shapes and sizes, not only to make your OOTD game strong, but also to challenge you to free yourself from your fashion boundaries. 



The all-new character of The SM Store led to the birth of the Style Up campaign, following its bolder attitude that lets your curate your wardrobe according to your liking - a rather trendier, more straightforward, with a little bit of to a little too much of edginess.

This Instagram-based challenge, called #StyleUpMovement will run for 4 weeks, starting on May 16 until June 12, 2016. The #StyleUpMovement highlights three key trends that we know of today:

(1) Color blocking – mix of vibrant Style Up Colors
(2) Athleisure – sports luxe with a punch of vibrant Style Up colors
(3) Patterns on patterns – geometric prints in line with the Style Up theme

All contestants are challenged to be creatively playful, as they follow the three themes. Towards the end of the contest, four (4) winners will be chosen – and the one with the most clever and fashionable entry wins P30,000 worth of shopping budget.

Learn more about how it’s done through our fashion-squad leaders Jess Connelly, Mark Mcmahon, and Kiana Valenciano, as they teach you how to pose, snap, and post for the #StyleUpMovement Instagram takeover challenge.

For the complete contest mechanics, visit http://blog.thesmstore.com/styleupmovement-instagram-contest/

Flash Plus Smartphone - Sleek, Stylish and Functional

The record-breaking Flash Plus smartphone (http://flash3c.com/ph) was first introduced in the Philippines mid-2015. Now that its sequel is set to hit Lazada’s e-commerce site starting this May 31, 2016, you can finally satisfy your cravings for an elegant device that’s only priced at P6, 990.
“Most people are looking for a sophisticated phone that doesn’t break the bank,” said Lei Zhang, Flash Philippines Country Manager. “With our new flagship phone in place, they will be able to get their hands on a smartphone that’s not only sleek and stylish, but also functional.”

The new smartphone is eyed to offer pioneering innovative functions such as fingerprint recognition technology, Hi-Fi sound effects and fast battery charging—and it’s all boxed in sleek, metal case that transcends beauty and style.

"Flash is one of the most successful smartphone brands that always introduces something new to delight customers. We are privileged to be the exclusive distributor of Flash Plus 2 to our online shoppers,” Inanc Balci, CEO of Lazada Philippines said. “Together, we can bring exciting products closer to Filipinos.”

The Flash Plus 2 adopts a metal framework for better feel of texture, but the phone underwent a series of complex processes to achieve what it is today. It came through horizontal wire-drawing, high-speed side sand-blasting, ultralight rim diamond cutting and twice anodization—with this, you may now have a sense of warmth and vigor for the cold, hard metal work in every touch.

New fingerprint feature

Zhang said that while the new Flash Plus 2 is equipped with the best photography features, it also adopted a fingerprint technology which sets it apart from its previous version. This allows users to have the “perfect assistant of life and office efficiency in just a flick.”

“From accurate fast unlocking to one-stroke app launch, the frontal fingerprint recognition function gives users the ultimate satisfaction of owning something that transcends functionality. It’s secure and aesthetically appealing, at the same time,” Zhang said.

The fingerprint recognition of the new flagship phone offers a 0.5s unlocking mode under “switch off” screen status and all-round accurate recognition. It also allows for personalized app launch options that correspond to the users’ fingerprints. For added security, Flash Plus 2 has a documents protection cabinet where privacy information is stored and encrypted with fingerprint.

Immersive music experience

If you are more into music streaming than photography, then you’d be glad to know that Flash Plus 2 also upgrades its entertainment functions by offering an immersive sound experience.

The new phone has high-fidelity, quality-retaining earphone acoustics, high sound volume effects, and MIX music production to satisfy your entertainment needs. It has an independent AKM4375 audio decoding chip coupled with state-of-the-art IRD sound digital filter, with value-retaining signal output measuring up to high-fidelity acoustic effects.

While the speaker is being used for playing music, the NXP980 power amplification chip and built-in DSP algorithm drives speaker power to reach 3.6 watts—and it is eight times greater than the volume of average smartphones.

Same photographing DNA
Following the same photographing DNA that runs across the whole Flash product roster, the new Flash Plus 2 upgrades your shooting skills to the next level with its light of fast focal adjustment and dark light shooting capabilities.

What’s more, the phone’s camera adopts the integration of PDAF and contrast focusing with merely 0.1s of focal alignment. This will allow you to take better snapshots of fleeting moments—from taking a picture of a skateboarder down to snapshotting a flapping swallow.

But the new Flash Plus phone’s rear lens is not the only upgraded technology; you’d be glad to know that Flash also innovated its front lens, adopting LED flash lamp with CRI up to 80 while the red spectrum is intelligently enhanced for selfie or video chatting conditions. With ruddy facial effect, the Flash Plus 2 offers over a hundred percent real-time facial enhancement function to capture beautiful moments.

With these excellent camera features, the new Flash Plus 2 allows “Picture-in-Picture” capability. This happens when the front and rear lenses work simultaneously, giving you a creative photo-in-photo experience.

“To complement the photographing and music streaming needs of our users, we are proud to say that our new phone has fast-charging capabilities. Users can already enjoy 50 percent of battery after merely 30 minutes of charging time; charging this for two hours lets you call someone for 10 hours,” Zhang said.

Finally, Flash is giving you a free hand in choosing between Luna Silver and Venus Gold.
Zhang concluded, “Product innovation has always been at our core. With the young users in mind, we are proud to introduce another product that breaks the boundaries between functionality and aesthetics. Truly, Filipinos can have the best of both worlds with our new Flash Plus 2.”

For more details, please visit the website at http://www.flash3c.com/ph.