Doctor: death rate among cancer patients in Armenia fallen in recent five years

Doctor: death rate among cancer patients in Armenia fallen in recent five years

YEREVAN, December 18. /ARKA/. Death rate among cancer patients in Armenia has fallen in recent five years, Gagik Bazikyan, deputy director of the National Cancer Center, said Wednesday at a news conference. 

In his words, deaths among cancer patients have almost halved since 2008 as the number of patients increased 13.4%. 

Bazikyan said that some 8,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the country. 

«It is important to understand that cancer is not death sentence – today many patients are cured, to visit a doctor in time, to pass regular examinations and not to neglect ailment,» he said.

He said lung, breast, prostate, bowel, stomach and female organs cancer cases are most frequent in Armenia. 

«To prevent the disease we recommend people aged from 30 to 60 to undergo medical examination at least once a year,» Bazikyan said adding that $523,400 is allocated every year from the government budget for treatment, which is quite effective and not expensive. 

He also said that the health ministry and the center are planning to launch a joint pilot screening program in Yerevan to offer government-paid medical examination to the city residents. 

The doctor called on women not to pay tribute to fashion – not to resort to mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.   

“I find it absolutely needless,” he said. “Women above 30 should regularly undergo medical examination. And that’s all.” --0---

19:05 18.12.2013

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