Current best practices and rationalistic perspectives in causation-based prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast and gastric cancer


Gastric & Breast Cancer
DOI: 10.2122/gbc.2002.0011

EDITORIAL
October, 2002

Time to Move on From Current Treatment Strategy?

ABSTRACT

Adenocarcinoma of the stomach with 800,000 new cases per year worldwide is a major health problem. Despite its declining incidence it remains the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The decrease in incidence varies considerably geographically; slow in Asia and developing countries and rapid in the western world. In the USA only 21,600 new cases are expected in 2002 [1: www.cancer.org], but the sharply declining incidence-curve in the last five decades shows now a trend toward stabilization [1]. By contrast, incidence in Japan with about 50 new male cases each year per 100,000 population, vs. only 8.7 in the USA, remains one of the highest in the world.

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