50 percent of cancer cases in Vietnam are women

According to a report released on Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20), women make up more than 50 percent of cancer cases in the country.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen said that the country reported around 150,000 fresh cancer cases annually of which 75,000 died of the disease and 50 percent were women.

The ten kinds of cancer affecting most Vietnamese women were breast cancer, lung cancer, ovary cancer, gastric cancer, colon-rectal cancer, liver cancer, blood cancer, cervical cancer, thyroid cancer and lymph gland cancer.

According to medical experts, it is most worrisome to know that cancer patients are on the rise in the country, which will add a huge burden on the country’s medical system and society at large. However, up to 40 percent of fatalities can be prevented, while the remaining can be cured if detected at an early stage.

According to information provided by K Hospital, a specialized hospital for treatment of cancer in Hanoi, during the last five years, more than ten percent people come to the hospital for health check-ups, thus they discover the disease at an early stage and survive death. With better and efficient communication, people’s awareness has been raised and they come forward for regular check-ups.

World Health Organization (WHO) stated in 2008 that the globe has 12,677,000 new cases of cancer including 6,038,000 female cancer patients. The disease has caused 7,571,000 deaths, 3,346,000 of them being women. WHO also said that approximately 12,000,000 people will died of the disease by 2030 and 70 percent of them will be citizens from developing countries.

By N. Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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