Taiwan Alliance for Areca Nut Control and Oral Cancer Prevention Unveils Results of the 2010 National Oral Cancer Prevention Survey
Taiwan Alliance for Areca Nut Control and Oral Cancer Prevention (hereafter referred to as the Alliance) has completed the 2010 National Oral Cancer Prevention Survey to examine the status of oral cancer prevention in Taiwan and select the five counties or cities with the best track record in this area. Results of the survey were unveiled during the third “123 Betel Nut Control Day” on December 3. The goal of the Survey is to recognize the efforts of counties and cities carrying out outstanding oral cancer prevention work, as well as raise public awareness about the disease and the importance of betel nut control.
Betel nut control and oral cancer prevention does not only depend on the work of experts and nonprofit organizations. The implementation of government policies and measures are crucial in bringing about a betel nut-free and healthy environment. That is why the Alliance carried out the 2010 National Oral Cancer Prevention Survey.
Data used by the Survey comes from three sources: 1. data on betel nut consumption by counties and cities provided by the Bureau of Health Promotion (9%); 2. online questionnaire completed by counties and cities (88%); 3. data collected by the Alliance from the websites of counties and cities (3%).
With this Survey, the Alliance not only recognizes counties and cities implementing good oral cancer prevention programs, but also hopes that other counties and cities will learn and emulate these best practices, and that the general public will gain a greater awareness of the need to control betel nut and fight oral cancer.
Following data analysis, as well as a expert rating of criteria like policy, implementation and performance quality, Hualian County, Chiayi County, Yunlin County, Taipei County and Taipei City were chosen as the counties and cities with the best oral cancer prevention work. The efforts of these counties and city not only ensure better oral health for their residents, but also show their determination in fighting oral cancer.
The Alliance, which is composed of 11 organizations and four experts, was established in April 2008 to promote oral cancer prevention and campaign to make the health hazards of betel nut known to the public. Through advocacy, social marketing and research, the Alliance hopes to reduce the betel nut chewing rate, as well as reduce the incidence and mortality rate of oral cancer.