Free cancer screening program helps save lives: health agency (Taiwan News)

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) A program offering free screening of four types of cancer has helped catch the disease in its early stages in many people, enabling timely treatment and saving lives, the Health Promotion Administration (???) reported Tuesday. The program, which tests for colorectal, breast, cervical and oral cancer, served 5.23 million people last year.

Of the people screened, 11,502 were found to have cancers, with cervical cancers the most frequently detected, and more than 50,000 were found to have precancerous lesions, of which 30,000 were colorectal lesions. Administration Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (???) trumpeted the importance of regular screening and early detection, saying they can cut death rates.

She cited the near 100 percent cure rate for stage-zero breast cancer patients who have their lesions removed, and a 10 percent lower mortality rate for colorectal cancer among those who have been screened compared with those who have not. Chiou made the remarks at a ceremony on Tuesday to commend hospitals and medical personnel around Taiwan who have done excellent jobs in promoting the cancer prevention program, which began in 2010. (By Lilian Wu)