Japan's New Cancer Control Program Emphasizes Prevention (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government adopted at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday a new cancer control program, which emphasizes the importance of preventive measures against and early detection of the disease.

But the government stopped short of including a goal of eradicating secondhand smoking in the new program, the third of its kind, covering six years from fiscal 2017.

This was because uncertainties remain about a revision of the health promotion law, although a health ministry panel of experts that discussed the cancer control program unanimously adopted in June a target of eliminating passive smoking at all places, including restaurants, workplaces and homes, by 2020.

An official of the ministry said the government plans to adopt such a goal at a cabinet meeting if a revision of the law for fighting passive smoking is enacted.

The new program has 77 pages, double those of the previous second program. With the slogan of knowing cancer and aiming to overcome the disease, the new program comprises three pillars, including prevention and better medical treatment.

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