Screening for cancer

Colorectal cancer and breast cancer in Hong Kong as case studies

Authored by: Martin Wong , Josette Chor

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415643825
eBook ISBN: 9781315818719
Adobe ISBN: 9781317817703


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This chapter will look at the increase of colorectal and breast cancer in the Asia-Pacific region and briefly discuss cancer trends in the region and globally. Since colorectal cancer (CRC) and breast cancer are rising so drastically in the region, this chapter will then use these two cancers as examples to discuss cancer screening programmes. The chapter will highlight screening experiences of these cancers in Hong Kong, look at controversies associated with population-based screening, summarize the significant challenges in designing and implementing screening programmes and make predictions on future perspectives.

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