Doctor warns cancer has become a bigger threat to Hongkongers

Local | 15 Nov 2020 5:13 pm

The number of people suffering from cancer in Hong Kong has hit a record high in 2018, Hospital Authority Hong Kong East Cluster Chief Executive Luk Che-chung has warned.

In his speech during a charity drama organized by Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society, Luk said the latest statistics by Hong Kong Cancer Registry has shown that a total of 34,028 new cancer cases were recorded in 2018, up 2.9 percent compared with the figure in 2017.

“On average, 93 people were diagnosed with cancer each day,” Luk said, warning the public that cancer is becoming a bigger threat to Hongkongers.

But Luk stressed that 40 to 50 percent of cancer can be prevented by improving lifestyle habits, exercise, and diet.

“Therefore, it’s important to educate the public and let them understand cancer better,” he said.

The charity drama -- Verdict -- was an exclusive show for local cancer sufferers and their families. It was performed in West Kowloon Cultural District on November 12.

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