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Published on Friday, 01 February 2013 20:47
Myanmar has among the top second prevalence rates for cervical cancer in Southeast Asia, followed by Cambodia, according to a study released at the 41th seminar of Myanmar Health and Research in Yangon earlier last month.
A part of “ACTION (ASEAN CosTs In ONcology) Project”, the study was made on 889 cancer patients of both genders from public general hospitals of Yangon and Mandalay regions. Among them, there were 104 cervical cancer patients and 45 breast cancer patients.
The often fatal diseases, breast and cervical cancers, affect married women more than single and most patients are between 40 and 60 years old, the study found.
The breast cancer sits the most top of the cancer plague in Myanmar; increasing its epidemic figures from 25.09 percent in year 2000 to 29.4 percent in 2007. Likewise, the widespread of cervical cancer in Myanmar has risen to 26.4 percent in 2008, from 23.5 percent in the past thirty years, the study found.
“Since causing factors of such diseases are various, there is no specific solution to eliminate them. Changing lifestyles, escalating rate of using tobacco and alcohol in women and less taking physical activities are the main causes of the diseases. The breast cancer is by far the most yearly escalating cancer among women worldwide”, said Dr. Shu Mon, a oncology specialist.