Taipei mayor highlights importance of breast cancer screening
Dec 23, 2018MarketComments Off on Taipei mayor highlights importance of breast cancer screening
Taipei, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je on Saturday highlighted the importance of breast cancer screening at an event in Taipei attended by medical experts, over 200 breast cancer patients and their families.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in women in Taiwan, but if discovered and treated at an early stage there is a five-year survival rate of 97 percent, Ko said at the event, which was organized by the Taiwan Breast Cancer Foundation to bring medical experts and cancer patients together to discuss breast cancer treatment and patient care.
Taiwan's government currently provides a free mammogram test every two years for Taiwanese women aged 45�69, but the screening rate is still only 40 percent, Ko said.
Ko, a former surgeon at National Taiwan University Hospital, said it is important to raise the screening rate.
Meanwhile, Hou Ming-feng, head of Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, was given an award at the event in recognition of his research into breast cancer.
Hou participated in an international research program that identified 65 new loci associated with overall breast cancer risk.
The results of the research were published in Nature magazine in November, 2017.