Korean Men Suffer from Large Intestine Cancer

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Korean Men Suffer from Large Intestine Cancer

The number of Korean males suffering from intestinal cancer is steadily increasing.

According to the 'Health Report for The 5th Anniversary of The Health Medical Clinic' from Samsung Medical Center, of 87,288 people surveyed, large intestine cancer surpassed hepatoma as the second most frequently-occuring cancer. Intestinal cancer was first for those over 60 years of age.

Of the total number of cancer incidents, gastric cancer was the most common with 1.6 people per 1,000 inflicted with the disease. The second most frequently occuring cancer was that of the large intestine with 1.1 people per 1,000.

More than 23 percent of those surrveyed showed symptoms indicative of high blood pressure. Almost 50 percent of those surveyed were diagnosed with gastritis.

Ha Kwun-ik, Samsung Medical Center's director, said "The westernization of the Korean lifestyle seems to be the primary culprit for the increase of large intestine cancer...we need to manage our lifestyles and to schedule regular health checks."

by Park Hae-min

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