Taiwan leads Asia in breast cancer control: EIU report

Taiwan leads Asia in breast cancer control: EIU report

Submitted by Mindy Lee

Taiwan ranks first in breast cancer control among nine territories and nations in Asia, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said, a report by the the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) said.

The agency said this year’s breast cancer report published by the EIU in March assessed breast cancer control efforts in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Thailand as compared with Australia.

Australia is used as a benchmark because measures to control breast cancer there are similar to those in much of the Western world, the agency said.

The report said that Taiwan came in first with 45 points when measured against Australia, which scored 48 points in six areas — awareness; early detection; access to treatment and its quality; long-term survivor support and openness to advocacy; palliative care; and data collection.

Each category was assigned scores between one and eight, with eight being the highest. Taiwan scored eight in four categories, a seven in “access to treatment and its quality,” and a six in “palliative care.”

Trailing Taiwan were Hong Kong with 44 points, and Singapore and Japan with 43 points each.

Occurrence of breast cancer in Taiwan was the second highest in Asia, at 64.3 people per 100,000, and the five-year survival rate of Taiwan’s breast cancer patients was 87 percent, ranking fourth behind South Korea (91.5 percent), Hong Kong (90 percent) and Japan (89.1 percent), the report said.

HPA Cancer Prevention Section Director Wu Chien-yuan (吳建遠) said that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Taiwan, with an average of 28 women being diagnosed with breast cancer every day.

It is also the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in women, averaging five deaths every day.

HPA Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) urged women to stay away from risk factors such as cigarettes and alcohol, and pursue a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise.