Chairman of the Vietnam Cancer Association Nguyen Chan Hung speaks at the conference (Photo: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) - Nearly 300 professors, doctors and leading oncologists have gathered in central Da Nang city to take part in a national conference on cancer prevention and control which opened on April 27.

More than 80 studies and reports were presented during the conference, focusing on the treatment methods for breast, liver and lung cancers and reviewing the cancer treatment results at hospitals across the country over the past years.

The two-day conference provided a forum for leading oncologists nationwide to share professional experience as well as scientific advances in early detection of cancers and treatment, said Director of the Da Nang Oncology Hospital Nguyen Ut.

The event also aimed to encourage the research and application of technological advances in improving healthcare services, he added.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 23 million people living with cancers worldwide. More than 14 million new cancer cases and 8 million cancer-related deaths were reported each year.

In Vietnam, 130,000-160,000 people are diagnosed with cancer and around 85,000-115,000 people die of the diseases each year.

The most common types of cancer in men are lung, liver and stomach cancer while breast, cervix and stomach cancer is the most common among women. The leading causes of cancer are environmental pollution, habit of drinking beer and alcohol and smoking.

Experts believed that the number of people suffering from cancer is likely to double by 2030.-VNA