City Launches Oral Cancer Screening Campaign
To reduce the risk of oral cancer for the public, Department of Health (DOH) will be holding the “Oral Cancer Screening Week” between July 10 and 24.Individuals who have the habit of smoking or chewing betel nuts, 30 years old or above, domiciled in Taipei, and having not received oral cancer checkup since 2016 – are eligible to access free oral cancer screening at designated medical institutes across Taipei by presenting their National Insurance Card. Participants will receive an NT$100 convenience store voucher. According to statistics released by Ministry of Health and Welfare, oral cancer is the fourth of the ten most common cancers and the fourth leading cause of death among men in Taiwan. In 2016 alone, a total of 208 Taipei residents died of the disease.
Taipei Dental Association President Chen Jih-sheng pointed out that the betel nut has been classified as a group 1 carcinogen, meaning that chewing betel nuts could cause cancers -- even without any additives. Those who smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and chew betel nuts are 123 times more likely to develop oral cancer! DOH urges the high-risk group to sign up for regular oral screening. People who have developed unusual lumps or ulcers around the oral area are advised to seek medical treatment immediately.
For more information on the Oral Cancer Screening Week, visit the Chinese website of DOH (http://health.gov.taipei/Default.aspx?tabid=655) or call 1999 Citizen Hotline, ext. 1864.