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Government to raise tax on cigarettes by NT$20 per pack
The price of cigarettes is set to increase by NT$20 (US$0.6) per pack later this year after the Legislature passed the third and final reading of an amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax on Friday, with the additional revenue to be earmarked for the country's long-term medical care program.
 
A blank check to fight breast cancer
Businessman Terry Gou (郭台銘), best known as chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., announced Sunday he planned to create a global alliance of leading research institutes to combat breast cancer.
 
Profiles of the international firms in YongLin Healthcare Foundation's global alliance to "fight breast cancer with technology."
 
Cancer experts urge focus on prevention, says research 'neglected' and 'underfunded'
Cancer is not an inescapable fate. But while prevention can save millions of lives much more cheaply than treatment, it remains an underfunded, much-neglected weapon in the anti-cancer arsenal, experts say.
 
UK cancer rates to rise faster among women than men: charity
Cancer rates in Britain will rise six times faster among women than men within the next two decades, according to data released on Friday by charity Cancer Research UK.
 
Obama signs bill boosting spending on cancer research
On a "bittersweet day" that brought back memories of loved ones lost, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse.
 
Some fear e-cigarette tax may deter smokers
Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes -- a trend that is sparking a fierce public health debate over whether it will deter smokers from switching to a safer alternative.
 
Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top research institution, said last Wednesday that it has joined a U.S.-initiated project that seeks cooperation among several countries in an effort to promote cancer prevention and control.
 
Benzene found in cooking oil: CF
The Consumers' Foundation (CF, 消基會) said Friday that cooking oil produced by Standard Foods Corporation (佳格食品) contained benzene, which is known to cause cancer.
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Being overweight can raise the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancers of the stomach and digestive tract, as well as certain brain and reproductive tumors, international researchers said Wednesday.
 
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