The Department of Health has designated the fourth week of September as the Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week! This year’s theme, “Neck Mo, Check Mo: ToDOHng Alaga, iwas sa Thyroid Cancer” aims to bring awareness to thyroid cancer, its risk factors and the path towards improvement.

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that generates thyroid hormones and is positioned near the base of the neck. Thyroid hormones are crucial because they affect the function of every other cells, tissues, and organs in the body. Your heart, brain, liver, and kidneys, for example, all rely on the proper quantity of thyroid hormone to function properly. Iodine, a mineral found in some foods (such as seafoods and dairy products) and iodized salt, is used by the thyroid gland to help manufacture hormones that regulate heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, and blood calcium levels.


From the quality of the air, you breathe to the condition of the roads you drive on, environmental factors can have a major influence on your health. What’s more, these factors have evolved considerably over time, due to both natural and human-caused events. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declares September 26, as World Environmental Health day in the Philippines under the proclamation 595.

The National Nutrition Council Region XII joins this year’s celebration of World Environmental Health Day with a theme “Prioritizing Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery”

We are going through difficult times, due to COVID-19, declared by the WHO as Pandemic. This Pandemic has come to demonstrate the vital role of the Environmental Health workforce worldwide to face this challenging time for all of humanity. Environmental hazards increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and many other illnesses including COVID-19. These hazards can be physical, such as pollution, toxic chemicals, and food contaminants, or they can be social, such as dangerous work, poor housing conditions, urban sprawl, and poverty.


All over the globe, the month of September celebrates Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. This paves the way for our society to bring up an alarming issue that is taboo and oftentimes judged and disregarded by the society.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicidal thoughts can affect anyone no matter of age, gender or background, much like mental health conditions, and often indicate more serious issues. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts may be common but these should not be considered normal and disregarded (1).

In the Philippines, suicide cases risen during the pandemic wherein a 57% increase in the country’s reported suicide rate in 2020 versus 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (2). The National Center for Mental Health received a huge rise in the number of hotline calls since lockdowns were enforced at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with anxiety-related concerns as their top reason. With the pandemic and lockdowns still imposed in the country, it is now more important to give light to suicide and ways for those affected by suicidal thoughts to seek help and cope up with it.

rabies is preventable

September 28, 2021, National Nutrition Council Region XII joins the awareness activity on World Rabies Day with a theme: “Rabies: Facts, not fears.” World Rabies Day is the first and only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention. It is an opportunity to unite as a community and for individuals, NGOs and governments to connect and share their work it also focuses on rabies endemic countries, to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention. World Rabies Day also raises the profile of national and local control programs and acts as a springboard for year-round capacity building and awareness.

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. The rabies virus is usually transmitted through a bite. Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease nearly always causes death. For this reason, anyone who may have a risk of contracting rabies should receive rabies vaccinations for protection.

Take action to protect your children from cancer

Cancer can hit people of any age and strike any part of the body. It begins with a genetic alteration in a single cell, which subsequently grows and divide much faster than healthy cells. They can spread throughout the body, sometimes it grows into a mass (or tumor) and if left untreated, causes harm and death.

A golden ribbon signifies International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which is commemorated every month of September to raise awareness and express support on young people who suffers from pediatric cancer. Children's cancers might be difficult to identify since it can be manifested in the same way as other prevalent pediatric illnesses. According to the Department of Health (DOH) the following are the symptoms in children that may be related to cancer: prolonged, unexplained fever or illness; unexplained pallor; increased tendency to bruise, unexplained localized pain, or limping; unusual masses or swelling; frequent headaches, often with vomiting; sudden eye or visual changes; sudden or progressive weight loss. Moreover, in children, cancer is an extremely uncommon disease. Since the cause is unknown by the time cancer is identified, it is usually in an advanced stage.

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COTABATO PROVINCE— On September 24, 2021, the Local Government Unit of Makilala launched its Breastmilk Storage Facility/Nutrition Office located at the new building of the Municipal Health Office. The new facility was finally established and materialized through the efforts of the Municipal Nutrition Committee spearheaded by the Municipal Mayor,               Hon.  Armando M. Quibod, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Lovie D. Ysulan, DOH Nutritionist Dietician Marie Guy S. Boterie RN, and RHU Nutrition Coordinator Sunny Vhie D. Saniel, RN.

Further, the presence of the following guests graced the event, to wit: First Lady Conchita Quibod, representing the Honorable Mayor Armando Quibod, SB Committee member on Health, representative from the Municipal Administrator Office, Dr. Rubelita Aggalut, representing DOH, Dr. Georgina Sorilla, Municipal Health Officer, Ms. Jasmine Regaspi, District Nutrition Program Coordinator-Cotabato Province and representatives from the Provincial Nutrition Committee and NO II Danah Pearl Aurel representing NNCXII.