More than 70,000 people died of cancer in Vietnam every year

More than 70,000 people died of cancer every year, an average of 205 death/day.

More than 70,000 people died of cancer every year, an average of 205 death/day.

More than 70,000 people died of cancer in Vietnam every year

This is the information shared at a national conference for cancer prevention taking place in Hanoi (Oct 6).

Prof. Nguyen Chan Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Oncology Association said the incidence of cancer are increasing in the majority of countries around the world.

There are about 23 million people living with cancer worldwide, more than 14 million new cancer cases and 8,2 million deaths each year.

In Vietnam, the number of new cancer cases increased rapidly from 68,000 cases in 2000 to 126,000 cases in 2010 and is expected to surpass 190,000 in 2020. Each year, Vietnam has more than 70,000 people died from cancer, corresponding to 205 people/ day.

According to a survey by the WHO Global Cancer Countries, Vietnam is ranked at 78/172 countries and territories, with mortality rate of 110/100,000 people, equal to the rate in Finland, Somalia, Turkmenistan.

For men, lung cancer is the leading cause of death, followed by stomach cancer, liver cancer, colorectal cancer. For women, it is breast cancer, stomach cancer and lung cancer.

Associate Professor Tran Van Thuan, Director of Vietnam National Cancer Hospital said, while most types of cancer is increasing, in Vietnam, cervical cancer is decreasing due to early detection, vaccination.

More than 70,000 people died of cancer in Vietnam every year

According to Associate Professor Tran Van Thuan, “Cancers can be cured if detected early, timely and treated in right method

Thuan pays special attention to lung cancer. Vietnam is ranked the first country of this disease due to smoking too much. 85 % of lung cancer cases are related to tobacco.

“Cancers can be cured if detected early, timely and treated in right method. However for lung cancer, prevention must be No.1 because, even though early detection, treatment is less effective than other types of cancer”, said Associate Professor Tran Van Thuan.

According to statistics, the total cost of treatment for six common cancers (breast liver, colon, oral cavity, cervix and stomach) has reached VND 26 trillion, accounting for 0,22% Vietnam’s GDP in 2012.

Also a survey in 2012 showed that each cancer patient spend VND 200 million for direct and indirect treatment each year. Approximately one third of patients can’t afford the treatment./.

Ngoc Tran

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