Breaking News, World News and Taiwan News.

Cancer still leading cause of death in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Cancer has topped the list of the 10 leading causes of death in Taiwan for 31 years in a row, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) said yesterday.

According to the MHW, each year about 28 percent of deaths in Taiwan are related to cancer. The ministry will start promoting the third stage of its cancer prevention plan to help more people understand the importance of preventing the disease.

Based on the latest report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization, about 14 million people each year become cancer patients, a number that will double by 2030.

According to the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) of the MHW, the administration has been promoting a national cancer prevention plan since 2005.

The HPA said that the second stage of the administration's cancer prevention plan, from 2010 to 2013, focused on promoting screening for breast, cervical, colorectal and oral cancers.

This year, the plan has entered its third stage, the HPA said.

Wu Chien-yuan of the HPA said that in the first and second stages of the plan, the government focused on promoting the treatment and early detection of cancer.

“In the third stage of the plan, which will last between 2014 and 2018, we will focus on promoting the idea of cancer prevention and encourage people to undergo regular cancer screening,” said Wu.

“There are some newly discovered factors that might lead to cancer, including obesity, diet and lack of exercise,” said Wu. “Therefore, the HPA will work with local governments to promote plans to monitor and improve the diet and living habits of the public, especially children.”

Wu said that colorectal cancer and oral cancer are the two cancers that can be prevented through regular screening, and Taiwan is the first country in the world to promote oral cancer screening nationally.

According to Wu, experts in Taiwan are also working with international cancer specialists to develop a modern screen marker.

Wu said that another plan, called the cancer patient navigation plan, will be implemented during the third stage of the national cancer prevention plan.

According to Wu, the cancer patient navigation plan's goal is to help doctors treat more patients. An expert will be assigned to a new cancer patient to take better care of them, hopefully increasing the survival rate for cancer patients.

February 5, 2014    kingsolomon@
Most of these cancers are triggered by chemicals in the food that people eat. Fruits and vegetables, processed foods ("junk foods"), even rice all contain chemicals, which slowly poison the body. How do the people know if the food they bought from eateries, restaurants, canteens, fast foods centers are washed and cleaned properly? Employees of these establishments are over worked and tired and we still expect them to do their job wholeheartedly and honestly? To be on the safe side, better cook your own meals and avoid artificial flavorings and chemicals and wash everything thoroughly and avoid junk foods and flavored drinks.
February 7, 2014    Upwell @
kingsolomon@ wrote:
Most of these cancers are triggered by chemicals in the food that people eat. Fruits and vegetables, processed foods ("junk foods"), even rice all contain chemicals, which slowly poison the body. How do the people know if the food they bought from eateries, restaurants, canteens, fast foods centers are washed and cleaned properly? Employees of these establishments are over worked and tired and we still expect them to do their job wholeheartedly and honestly? To be on the safe side, better cook your own meals and avoid artificial flavorings and chemicals and wash everything thoroughly and avoid junk foods and flavored drinks.
Everyone knows something of if not all of what you advocate but it's just impossible to do it. Given that we no longer plant our own vegetables and keep our own live stocks for food in our own gardens, we have no choice but to acquire them off the markets. It's probably not so in ancient days when our fore fathers have been self sustaining more or less. Given what we have life is not too bad. Sure we have higher cancer rates etc but in the old days a lot died because as well whether due to lack of health care. I think the world will be over burden by sheer population increase if the numbers are not reduced by deaths due to old age, accidents, disasters and diseases. Cancer being one. It is just the price paid by mankind for advancement or convenience - however you put it.
February 10, 2014    ludahai_twn@
Let's not forget the role of air pollution. Unfortunately, the government has not taken this problem seriously, either.
Write a Comment
CAPTCHA Code Image
Type in image code
Change the code
 Receive China Post promos
 Respond to this email
Subscribe  |   Advertise  |   RSS Feed  |   About Us  |   Career  |   Contact Us
Sitemap  |   Top Stories  |   Taiwan  |   China  |   Business  |   Asia  |   World  |   Sports  |   Life  |   Arts & Leisure  |   Health  |   Editorial  |   Commentary
Travel  |   Movies  |   TV Listings  |   Classifieds  |   Bookstore  |   Getting Around  |   Weather  |   Guide Post  |   Student Post  |   English Courses  |   Terms of Use  |   Sitemap
  chinapost search