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Oncology

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sanofi-aventis Philippines, Inc.

21F One World Place,
32nd St, Bonifacio Global City
1634 TAGUIG CITY , Philippines

Tel: (632) 859-5555
Fax: (632) 813-1676

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Oncology

Cancers are the leading cause of mortality among the under-65s

 
The earlier a tumor is detected, while still localized, the greater the likehood that treatment will be effective

Cancers are insidious diseases that can strike anyone and take many different forms.   Cancer incidence is on the rise everywhere, in both industrialized and developing countries and could increase by as much as 50% by 2020 as a result of an aging population.

An estimated 10 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year. Because of their high life expectancies, industrialized countries are particularly hard hit. Based on the 2010 Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates, liver is the fastest growing cancer site while breast is the leading cancer site for both sexes in 2010 and ranks first among women. Data showed that 3 out of 100 women would have had a likelihood of getting breast cancer before age 75.

Solid tumors

Breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and cancers of the head and neck are responsible for high levels of morbidity and mortality.

Cancer is a disease involving multiple factors

Just as the body is made up of hundreds of different types of cells, so cancer is not a single disease but exists in many forms.

Cancer develops as a result of the uncontrolled proliferation of abnormal cells leading to the formation of a malignant cell mass.  Cancer is described as metastatic when the presence of malignant cells in not confined to the initial site of the disease but has spread to other parts of the body.   How the cancer develops depends on its type and its sensitivity to existing forms of treatment.  The initial anomaly that makes a cell cancerous is genetic in origin.  One of the many theories advanced to explain tumor development is that of a series of genetic mutations that may be influenced by behaviour and environment (tobacco, over-exposure to sunlight, fatty foods, pollution, etc.), and in some cases, hereditary factors may be identified.

Cancers targeted by sanofi-aventis

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Cancer of the head and neck (ENT)

Updated February 01, 2017