Breast Cancer Becomes Third Deadliest Cancer for Hong Kong Women

June 11, 2018
Editor: Qiao Ziyu

According to the Hong Kong media, breast cancer, the third deadliest cancer, has become the most-common cancer among Hong Kong women, and there are also some men suffering from the disease.

According to statistics from the Hong Kong Cancer Registry, there were 3,900 new cases of breast cancer amongst women in 2015, accounting for 26.1 percent of all new cases of cancers for women in Hong Kong. And 637 people died from breast cancer, whilst there were 20 new cases of breast cancer amongst men in Hong Kong in 2015.

According to the report from the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation, the peak age for breast cancer is between 40 and 59 years old, and 14 percent of patients were diagnosed before their 40s.

Zhang Shuyi, an honorary consultant at the breast surgery clinic in the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, said: "There is also a phenomenon of cancer westernization in Hong Kong, as we gradually get used to more westernized lifestyles."

"Breast cancer has a close relationship with lifestyle. High-risk factors include overeating fatty foods and dairy products; a lack of exercise; too much stress; and, giving birth after 35," Zhang added.

The Department of Health of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region recommended that those high-risk women, including people who suffer from a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, or with the gene mutations of RRCA1 or BRCA2, as well as those who have received radiotherapy or had benign breast diseases, should ask their doctors' advice of whether to receive a breast cancer screening.

Zhang also recommended women between the ages of 40 and 70 to receive a mammogram twice every year.

( and edited by Women of China)

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