Free can­cer screen­ings help save lives: re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A pro­gram of­fer­ing free screen­ing of four types of can­cer has helped catch the dis­ease in its early stages in many peo­ple, en­abling timely treat­ment and sav­ing lives, the Health Pro­mo­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ported Tues­day.

The pro­gram, which tests for col­orec­tal, breast, cer­vi­cal and oral can­cer, served 5.23 mil­lion peo­ple last year.

Of the peo­ple screened, 11,502 were found to have can­cers, with cer­vi­cal can­cers the most fre­quently de­tected, and more than 50,000 were found to have pre­can­cer­ous le­sions, of which 30,000 were col­orec­tal le­sions.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Chiou Shu-ti trum­peted the im­por­tance of reg­u­lar screen­ing and early de­tec­tion, say­ing they can cut death rates.

She cited the near 100 per­cent cure rate for stage-zero breast can­cer pa­tients who have their le­sions re­moved, and a 10 per­cent lower mor­tal­ity rate for col­orec­tal can­cer among those who have been screened com­pared with those who have not.

Chiou made the re­marks at a cer­e­mony on Tues­day to com­mend hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal per­son­nel around Tai­wan who have done ex­cel­lent jobs in pro­mot­ing the can­cer preven­tion pro­gram, which be­gan in 2010.

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