New member of OFW cancer group dies of cervical cancer

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FilMCaSS members, under treatment (those who are seating), survivors (those who are standing) and Ms. Janice Valencia

The Filipino Migrant Workers Cancer Support Society in Hong Kong (FilMCaSS) was saddened by the news that a new member of their group passed away just weeks after they celebrate their 10th year anniversary.

FilMCaSS is a group composed of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) with cancer, survivors, and supporters.

Janice Valencia, the chairperson of the group, said their new member, a 43-year-old OFW with cervical cancer passed away last Saturday, July 23,  after days of confinement at Prince of Wales Hospital. The OFW worked with one employer for 11 years. The OFW was first diagnosed with myoma, and later with cervical cancer. Her cancer metastasized affecting her kidney and leading to her death.

Valencia said that at present 28 of their members are undergoing treatment/medication, while 30 members of their group are survivors (in the process of healing ). Sadly, Valencia said that in the year 2022,  three of their members passed away.

FilMCass is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 with the mission of deliberately efforts to uplift the lives of the underprivileged Filipino migrants whose health conditions are in a distress or under threat and providing spiritual and emotional support to the cancer warriors. The group had a simple celebration of their anniversary last 10 July at Lantau island.

Meanwhile, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) welfare officer Ms. Dina Daquigan said that cervical cancer is one of the top cancers of OFW reported to their office.

OWWA and the office of the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) of the Philippine Consul General are coordinating with the employer of the deceased OFW in the repatriation of the remains.

Cervical cancer is cancer that’s found anywhere in the cervix. The cervix is the opening between the vagina and the womb (uterus). It’s part of the reproductive system and is sometimes called the neck of the womb. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by an infection from certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).