Yangon selected for cancer-awareness programme

Ei Thinzar Kyaw
Patients at the U Hla Htun cancer foundation. (Photo-EMG)

The C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge has selected Yangon along with two other cities for its cancer-awareness programme, according to the Ministry of Health and Sport.

The programme’s officials met public health staffheads of hospitals and representatives from the Golden Rose and U Hla Htun cancer foundations this month. The programme is about educating on precautionary measures and early diagnosis. Asuncion in Paraguay and Cali in Colombia are selected besides Yangon.

The Public Health Department said the instances of cardiac disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancers became more common over the last decade due to changing lifestyles and diet.

The country conducted a survey about non-infectious diseases in 2014 and found that over 70,000 people died annually from cancer and tuberculosis due to chewing tobacco leaves and smoking.

The statistics suggest 6.2 million people smoke, 10.3 million chew betel, 4.7 million drink and 2.4 million of them drink excessively.


Translated by Nay Thiha