Cancer is No 1 killer since 2000

About 300,000 people in Thailand have died from cancer annually since 2000, the Public Health Ministry reported.

"Cancer is the most common cause of death for the past decade," Public Health permanent secretary Paichit Sarachit said on Sunday.

Last year, 55,403 people - 32,060 men and 23,343 women - died of cancer. 53 per cent of them were over 60 years of age while 46 per cent were between 15 and 59 years. About 152 people died of cancer a day, or about six per hour.
Liver and lung cause the most cancer deaths in the country.

Cancer accounted for almost eight million deaths or around 13% of all deaths in 2007, according to the World Health Organisation.

Department of Medical Services director-general Rewat Wisarutwet suggested five ways to reduce the risk of getting cancer. They are:

1. Eat cabbage family vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and Chinese kale.

2. Eat whole-grain, high-fiber foods.

3. Eat foods that contain beta-carotene and vitamin A such as fresh vegetables, papaya and orange.

4. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C.

5. Exercise frequently.

Dr Rewat said people should avoid consuming moldy foods and lower their intake of high-fat, raw as well as grilled foods. They should stop smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. Expose to sunlight should be avoided.

He said people over 35 years of age should have a medical checkup at least once per year as early symptoms can be treated easier.

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