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Vietnamese cancer mortality rate higher than traffic accidents

VOV.VN - Vietnam records an additional 126,000 cases of cancer, and more than 94,000 deaths from the disease each year, said Tran Van Tuan, director of K Hospital, at an international conference on November 3.

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Mr. Tuan noted that the number of deaths due to cancer is 9 times higher than from traffic accidents.

He attributed the higher mortality rate to the late examination, detection, and treatment (accounting for more than 70%). He emphasised that the survival rate of cancer patients is about 40%, mostly from early detected diseases such as breast cancer, adding that this rate might reach 60% thanks to early detection. Meanwhile, the survival rate for lung cancer remains low, with 80% of patients diagnosed late.

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The average cancer survival rate in developed countries is more than 80%, thanks to the screening campaign for early detection. At present, the costs for screening are covered by social insurances, helping to increase the chances of early detection.

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Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong said the government has approved a strategy for preventing cancer and other chronic disease in the 2015-2025 period, aiming to improve early detection for all cancer cases. 

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