The Bessie B. Legarda Foundation was established by Sen. Loren Legarda in memory of her late mother who herself was a victim of breast cancer. Its mission is to help indigent breast cancer patients, participating in awareness campaigns as well as medical missions with fellow breast cancer awareness advocates.
by Cristina Elisa C. Salvo
Around Christmas time in 2010, we were happily expecting our dear Stella when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, I have had 2 surgeries, 4 sessions of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. Fortunately, the cancer was caught early. I was told that I had Stage 1 breast cancer but because of my "young" age, my doctors wanted to treat the cancer aggressively. I completed chemo on May 30, 2011 and radiation on Aug 15. I am presently on hormone pills which I will be taking for 4 and a half more years. At the moment, I am well but my body is still recovering from all the stress of the operations and the side effects of my treatment.READ THIS STORY
More than 200 participants from the Kababaihang Lingkod Barangay, Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon, Bgy. Mother Leaders, Bgy. Health Workers and DepEd Teachers benefitted from the Lingkod Kababaihan mission of the Bessie B. Legarda Foundation (BBL) in San Rafael, Bulacan last Friday, June 29, 2012.
As nations observe World Cancer Day today (February 4), Senator Loren Legarda emphasized the importance of raising awareness on the causes of cancer and effective ways to prevent acquiring the disease.
Legarda, whose mother Bessie Bautista Legarda died of breast cancer, said that while in several instances cancer patients remain perplexed as to how they acquired the disease, regular check-up would certainly help early detection of cancer, thus preventing it from reaching the higher stages when chances of survival are already small.
"Oh girls just wanna have fun…" goes the lyrics of a popular song. But if you're idea of having fun involves binge drinking, be warned.
An article published on the health and fitness page of the website www.globeandmail.com cites the results of a ten-year study (1996 to 2006) suggesting that drinking booze increases the risk of women in developing breast cancer, even greater for those with a family history.
A recent study published at the Archives of Neurology reveals that breast cancer survivors who were treated with chemotherapy may suffer significant brain impairment.
Last Friday, November 25, Bessie B. Legarda Memorial Foundation (BBLMF) in cooperation with Gift2Life Foundation conducted another Lingkod Kababaihan medical mission in Tandang Sora, Quezon City