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Cancers affecting women rise in Viet Nam

Update: December, 21/2015 - 17:17
Health workers perform cancer screening for a woman at Hung Viet Hospital. Cancer rate among women is rising in Viet Nam, especially for breast and cervical cancers. — Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The cancer rate among women is rising in Viet Nam, especially for breast and cervical cancers, the health ministry's Maternal and Child Health Department Director Luu Thi Hong said.

The ministry said some 528,000 new cervical cancer cases are announced annually around the world, claiming the lives of 266,000 women each year. Viet Nam has diagnosed more than 5,600 new cervical cancer cases and nearly 2,500 women have died of the disease.

"Cancer prevention, especially for reproductive cancers such as breast and cervical cancers, has faced many difficulties due to a lack of data and observation details on new cancer cases and infections in Viet Nam," Hong said.

Hong said Viet Nam still has no national policies or comprehensive strategy on reproductive cancer control and prevention. The shortage of human and financial resources and medical facilities were also shortcomings in this field.

Collaboration between ministries and sectors and the public-private partnership mechanism still haven't encouraged the private sector to get more involved in reproductive cancer control and prevention, Hong said.

The director said the health sector would focus on intervention measures to control and prevent reproductive cancers. Priority will be assigned to developing a national overall strategy for reproductive cancer control and prevention.

Reproductive cancer screening services will be integrated into obstetrics care services and regular health check-up packages for specific groups. The ministry will also help raise the community's awareness of reproductive cancer prevention programs, especially for breast and cervical cancers, among adolescents and the youth.

Health experts said cervical cancer could be prevented through intervention and treatment programmes. Cervical cancer is detected in groups that practice unsafe sex, smoke, use contraceptives for an extended period or live with the HIV virus or chronic diseases. — VNS

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