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Region lung health conference in capital to focus on new technology

Update: April, 11/2013 - 10:25

HA NOI (VNS)— The fourth Union Asia Pacific Region Conference on Lung Health (APRC 2013) started yesterday in Ha Noi.

With a focus on new technology for treating tuberculosis and lung diseases, the four-day conference attracted participants from more than 30 countries, including the US, Pakistan and Cambodia. Tuberculosis is a growing problem in Viet Nam and is affecting increasingly younger people, said associate professor Dinh Ngoc Sy, the conference's president. Every year, about 3,000 cases of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis were reported.

Deputy chair of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc pledged to support the health sector's anti-tuberculosis activities.

The city devotes significant resources to the health sector in general, she added, as well as to preventing tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

Vladimir Anikin, consultant thoracic surgeon at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital in London told citizen news service that tobacco smoking was the number one risk factor for lung cancer.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention warns that tobacco smoking causes about 90 per cent of lung cancer cases. People who smoke are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke.

Every year about 100,000 tuberculosis cases are detected, according to health sector statistics. The World Health Organisation ranks Viet Nam 12th out of 22 countries by tuberculosis cases and 14th of 22 countries when it comes to multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. —VNS

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