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Health > Cancer
In Yemen's war, cancer patients wait for death
When Ali Ghanem's doctors told him his cancer had spread from his colon to his backbone, they said they didn't have the facilities to give him the needed radiation treatment in his home city of Taiz, in central Yemen, and that he needed to get to the capital.
 
Office workers who face great stress at work and have irregular meals are more likely to fall victim to colon cancer, a doctor said recently, adding that Taiwan has the world's highest incidence of colon cancer.
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Tiny village becomes Indonesian anti-smoking champion
Nestled amid mountains in remote central Indonesia, Bone-Bone looks like any other rural hamlet in the archipelago, with a modest collection of houses, shops and mosques and people quietly going about their daily lives.
 
People who take aspirin regularly have a significantly lower risk of cancer, particularly involving the colon and gastrointestinal tract, according to U.S. research published on Thursday.
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Smokers in Italy hit with new fines to protect the young
Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros (US$600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman -- or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street -- after new health and environmental laws went into effect Tuesday.
 
Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they'll all eventually face: when to stop.
 
For decades, gastric cancer has been a silent killer, sneaking up on more than 700,000 unsuspecting victims in Asia every year and surfacing only when patients have little chance of recovery.
 
Taiwan recorded a smoking rate of 17.1 percent in 2015, up slightly from 16.4 percent in 2014 and marking the first year-on-year increase in seven years, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said Friday.
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A senior lawyer for the EU's top court on Wednesday rejected claims, including by U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris, that the bloc's new law on plain packaging and banning flavors was illegal.
 
Clinical trials conducted in eight hospitals show that a new pancreatic cancer drug could extend life by six months and boost survival rates by 50 percent, the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI, 國家衛生研究院) announced yesterday.
 
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