Deaths raise esophageal cancer awareness

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 05, 2018
By: Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff writer, with CNA

A Taipei surgeon has advised the public to look out for three major risk factors of esophageal cancer following the deaths on Sunday of actor Lin Fu-chin (林富進) — better known by his stage name Andy (安迪) — and on Monday of Yulon Group chairman Kenneth Yen (嚴凱泰).

Esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Taiwanese men, Lee Jang-ming (李章銘), the convener of the esophageal cancer treatment team at the National Taiwan University Hospital, said on Monday.

It has a prevalence rate of 14 to 15 cases per 100,000 people, with about 2,400 new cases being reported per year on average, he said.

It is especially common in people aged over 50, and more than 90 percent of those who are diagnosed are men, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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