Cancer screening program proving a success: HPA

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Taipei Times
Date: Aug 16, 2019
By: Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The Health Promotion Administration’s (HPA) cancer screening program detects precancerous lesions in about 49,000 people every year, according to statistics released yesterday by the agency.

The program, which was launched in 2010 to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment, targets colorectal, oral, breast and cervical cancers.

About 5.1 million people take part in the program each year, among whom about 12,000 cases are detected, Cancer Prevention and Control Division Director Lin Li-ju (林莉茹) said.

Of the 5.1 million people who were screened last year, about 2.99 million, or 59 percent, were screened by one of the 219 medication institutions that work with the HPA on a project to improve the quality of cancer prevention and control, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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