Vietnam ranks 18th out of the 20 countries with the highest rate of stomach cancer in the world, said experts from Bach Mai Hospital and Nagoya University (Japan) at an International Symposium on liver and gallbladder digestion in Hanoi on September 29.
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In Vietnam, most patients are diagnosed with stomach cancer in the final stage of the disease, which requires surgery or chemotherapy, while more than 70% of Japanese people are given early diagnosis of gastric cancer thanks to endoscopic methods for high-risk patients. Early detection allows possible gastric mucosal ablation or removal of polyps.
According to Ass.Professor and Dr. Nguyen Truong Khanh, Head of the Gastroenterology Department, Bach Mai Hospital, habits of eating too salty food, staying up late (over 23 hours), few physical activities, and about 80% of population infected with HP bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract are the risk of being stomach cancer.
"We are working to provide statistics on Vietnamese people at high risk of gastric cancer in order to apply a method of endoscopy for them. For gastrointestinal cancer, the best way is the use of endoscope for early detection," said Dr. Nguyen Truong Khanh.
Bach Mai Hospital experts said that other gastrointestinal cancer diseases relating large intestine, liver and gall bladder are displaying an uptrend in Vietnam.
Over the past 6 years, Japan’s Nagoya University experts have helped Bach Mai Hospital with the transfer of endoscopic and surgical techniques of gastrointestinal cancer and numerous Bach Mai hospital doctors have been sent to Japan to learn experience in this regard. As a result, they updated useful knowledge, changed their working style and attitude, and developed a standard process for early detection of gastric cancer, Khanh added.