The latest figure showed a rise in breast cancer cases in Vietnam with around 11,000 new cases a year.
The Cancer Prevention Institute of Vietnam, one out of every ten women is diagnosed with breast cancer.
According to Dr. Tran Van Thuan, director of Cancer Patient Support Fund, the rate of cancer patients increased because people can’t access to information of treatment; consequently, people lack full knowledge of the disease and they just go to hospitals for treatment in last stage of the disease.
Thuan believed that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year. Half of breast cancer patients will be saved with different treatment methods including operation, chemical, medicines if they have early breast cancer detection
Accordingly, in the end of the year 2013, the Ministry of Health and the Cancer Patient Support Fund in coordination with Roche Corporation have implemented the ‘Vi Phu nu, vi Ngay mai’ ( We care for her) project so as to raise women’s awareness of self-exam, prevention and treatment
Under the project, a free medical check-up for breast cancer will be launched in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the central city of Da Nang, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and the Mekong delta city of Can Tho.