IN OBSERVANCE of the National Cancer Awareness week starting January 11 to January 14, the Department of Health (DOH) advised the public to take heed on their lifestyle.

DOH-Cordillera Administrative Region Director Myrna CAbotaje said most cancers are connected with the how an individual leads his life.

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Cabotaje reminded residents to observe a diet high in fiber, low salt, low sugar and low cholesterol.

She said the following should be observed to maintain a healthy lifestyle: physical activity, no smoking and no alcoholic beverages, avoid stress and eat the right kinds of food.

Cabotaje said there is a regional coalition for non-communicable diseases, which recognizes the efforts of establishments and other groups in helping in the prevention of the diseases.

The coalition promotes a health lifestyle in their workplaces.

According to the Philippine Health Statistics (1999-2008), cancer ranks as the 3rd, consistently, in the ten leading causes of mortality.

Among all types of cancer, lung cancer ranks the highest among males and breast cancer among females.

This year's awareness week is themed, "Labanan ang Cancer; MAG HL to the MAX'. (Visha Calventas)