Liver Cancer Rates Soar in Vietnam


Fraser Clarke

Liver Cancer has overtaken Lung Cancer to become the most prominent type of the condition in Vietnam.

It marks the first time in history that rates of the issue have topped national trends in the country, with new figures from ‘Globocan’ showing that 25,334 people contracted Liver Cancer this year, compared to 23,667 who were diagnosed with Lung Cancer.

Both rates are extremely high globally, with only Mongolia and Egypt having higher Liver Cancer rates. Inequalities were also clear between men and women - with males three times more likely than females to succumb to the condition.

A range of reasons have been given for these extremely concerning figures - but seriously high rates of alcohol and tobacco use look like being the biggest issues.

Vietnam has one of the world’s highest smoking rates, with over 16% of the country’s total population smoking on a regular basis.

Further to this is the country’s growing alcohol consumption rates - which are some of the highest in Asia. Annually the average Vietnamese adult now consumes 8.3 litres of alcohol a year - considerably more than the likes of China (7.2l), the Philippines (6.6l) and Singapore (2l).

Greater education around the risks of excessive tobacco and alcohol use now looks as if it could be the key to reducing both figures, however with rates rising sharply acting quickly could be the key.

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