Doctors at Bac Ninh General Hospital use high-frequency sound waves to treat a patient with liver cancer (Photo: VNA)HCM City(VNA) – Vietnam’s national cancer control strategy needed to address theserious problem of infectious agents, which cause more than 20 percent ofmalignancies in the world, said Prof Nguyen Chan Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam CancerSociety.Speaking at a recent conference held in HCM City, Hung said the rate ofinfectious diseases in developing countries was four times higher than that indeveloped countries.He claimed several infectious agents were linked to some of the most commoncancers.Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), which causes chronic inflammation in stomachand duodenum, is a common cause of ulcers, while hepatitis viruses B and C andthe human papillomavirus (HPV) can also cause cancer.H. pylori infections and viral hepatitis are agents for gastric and livercancers, while HPV infections can cause not only cervical cancer but also anal,oropharyngeal, vulval and penile cancers.“Appropriate policies for prevention of infectious diseases would help opendoors for cancer control. We have a good opportunity for cancer control byeliminating some infectious agents,” Hung said.Vietnam has vaccines against hepatitis B virus and HPV, which help preventinfection, he said.Figures from the Thai Nguyen Oncology Centre showed that the number of patientswith infectious diseases at… Read full this story
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