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Korea advances cancer treatment technology
June 17, 2005
Cancer patients in Korea don't need to go overseas to find a cure for their disease. Medical technology for the treatment of cancer in Korea has reached a level of advanced countries, especially in the cancer areas with which Koreans are most diagnosed; stomach, liver, lung, large intestine, breast and cervical cancers.
Korea's treatment technology in these cancer categories has been graded an average of 80.1 on the scale of 100, which marks the level of medically advanced countries like the United States and European countries, according to a survey conducted by he Korean Academy of Medical Sciences. The academy conducted the survey from September 2004 to April this year at the request of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, in which 105 experts from 26 medical academic societies participated.
The survey shows that the technologies for stomach and breast cancers received 100 points, while those for lung, liver and large intestine cancers won 98 points. Transplant technologies for livers, kidneys and marrow were evaluated at 90.
The nation indicated a low level of medical skills in the area of Alzheimer's disease, scoring 50.