Last April 23, 2021, the Bicol Medical Center's Department of ENT - Head and Neck Surgery has promoted its advocacy thru an online lecture with the different healthcare Workers of Camarines Sur District III. The online advocacy activity was in partnership with the Office of the Third District of Camarines Sur, which aims to make the barangay health workers and the community more vigilant and aware of the impact of head and neck cancer.
"Primary healthcare workers or the barangay healthcare workers are essential in preventing and progressing Head and Neck Cancer in their respective community. They are more accessible to the majority of the population in the different municipalities. Their roles consist of identifying people at risk, raising awareness through health teaching, and identifying early signs." Dr. Alvarez said.
In the online lecture, Dr. Adrian Alvarez, the Chief Resident of BMC-Department of ENT, discussed the different head and neck cancer types and their risk factors. He also educated the participants on detecting early signs of head and neck cancer correctly and how to prevent them by promoting a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Alvarez believes that by knowing all the needed information about head and neck cancer, the barangay healthcare workers of Camarines Sur will be better equipped, especially in referring patients to BMC.
The online activity was done to celebrate the Head and Neck Cancer Consciousness Week and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.