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Cancer rate in Việt Nam relatively low

Update: January, 18/2017 - 16:00
Children with cancer join leisure activity in HCM City. The number of cancer patients in Việt Nam is relatively low compared to the rest of the world. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The number of cancer patients in Việt Nam is relatively low compared to the rest of the world, reveals statistics with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Việt Nam ranks 78th of the 172 countries where the cancer surveys have been conducted, Trần Thị Thanh Hương, associate professor and deputy director of the National Institute for Cancer Prevention and Control Research, said at a conference held in Hà Nội on Tuesday.

Countries ranking from 1 to 50, or group 1, have a high rate of cancer patients, and those from 51 to 100 are in group 2, in which Việt Nam falls.

As per world statistics, 205 out of 100,000 men suffer from cancer on an average. For Việt Nam it is 173 of 100,000 men. So, when the rate of cancer among men is considered, Việt Nam falls in group 3, which includes countries in the range from 135/100,000 to 178/100,000 men.

Similarly, the rate among Vietnamese women is 114/100,000, whereas the world average is 165/100,000. Thus the world average is 1.3 times higher than Việt Nam.

The IARC said that the cancer rate in developed countries is higher than that in developing countries.

Unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking, drinking and no exercise increase the risk of cancer, as do environmental pollution caused by industrialisation and unsafe food. The most common are digestive, breast, cervical and lung cancers. In the past decade, lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women have seen a rise.

Hương warned that to prevent and detect cancer early on, people should do health check-ups periodically. With early detection and proper treatment, cancer can be cured. – VNS

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