According to Taiwan Cancer Registry’s latest statistics, lung cancer has been the leading cause of cancer deaths for 12 consecutive years. The number of lung cancer deaths has overtaken liver cancer as the new national disease with its 5-year survival rate of 29.79% being ranked as the lowest among the top 10 cancers.
Dr. Lai Gi-Ming stressed that in order to double the survival rate, we should simultaneously strengthen primary prevention (avoid known causes and adopt a healthy lifestyle and diet), secondary prevention (early screening, detection and treatment), and tertiary prevention (precision treatment and prevention of recurrence). Only when three levels of measures are implemented simultaneously, the lung cancer incidence can be reduced effectively, and survival rate can be expected to increase. Therefore, there is an urgent need calling for all stakeholders to discuss overarching solutions and action plans.
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