By Julie Cabatit-Alegre
MANILA, Philippines – Don’t be surprised if one of these days, you’ll find more and more women wearing a purple streak in their hair. The unique hairpiece, which is a lock of purple-colored hair, is clipped on or fastened with a barrette. It is not only a fashion statement but an open declaration of support for the cause of raising awareness about cervical cancer, the second most common cancer affecting women worldwide.
Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, beauty queen, supermodel, and professional image consultant, gamely wore and modeled the purple hairpiece at a luncheon event held recently at Kapitan Moy Restaurant in Marikina City to launch the partnership of The 3000 Club of the Philippines and Bravehearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness on cervical cancer prevention. Abbygale is currently the president of Bravehearts.
Here’s the grim fact: Every day, 12 Filipino women die of cervical cancer. “We have one of the lowest survival rates worldwide at 44 percent,” says Dr. Carrie Pacheco-Purugganan.
“The number can be reduced if only women were more aware of the disease and how to prevent it,” notes Bing Grande, president of The 3000 Club of the Philippines.
[Note from SaneVax: The president of The 3000 Club is right. The women of the Phillipines need to know they can virtually wipe out cervical cancer with adequate pap screening and proper follow-up without the risks involved with vaccination.]