Vietnam averages 15,000 new cases of breast cancer each year

At a conference last week in Hanoi, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen reported that Vietnam averages roughly 15,000 new breast cancer patients each year, a 69 percent increase from the previous decade. Of the growing number of Vietnamese women who develop the disease, as many as 70 percent of the country’s cases are detected late, making the cancer more difficult to treat and lowering patients’ chance of survival. Along with other public health officials, Deputy Minister Xuyen pointed out that few women in Vietnam are well-informed about breast cancer and spoke of the need to educate the general public about the disease.