UPV Health Services Unit conducts forum on smoking and the lungs
The UPV HSU conducted a lecture-forum on smoking and lung diseases attributed to smoking on November 22, 2017 at the MILC, UPV Miagao campus.
The lecture forum was participated in by 61 students and employees. Most of the participants are students of the BS Public Health program of the university. The said lecture was organized to safeguard the students and employees against the ill effects of smoking.
The resource person for the lecture was Dr. Tomasito R. Sy who is a Fellow of the Philippine College of Chest Physician (PCCP), and currently the Chairman of the Anti-smoking Committee of PCCP Iloilo Chapter. According to Dr. Sy, the major lung diseases brought about by smoking are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Lung Cancer. COPD are dangerous disease and requires expensive management/treatment. Lung cancer on the other hand are usually asymptomatic. When symptoms appear, the disease is already severe or the cancer is already malignant and has less survival rate. Further, the resource person advised to do the following: ‘quit smoking right away’ and ‘be smart not to start smoking.’