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The size of a tumor doubles in two to three months for patients in advanced stages of stomach, colon or esophagus cancer. You should not avoid a checkup.

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Yuichiro Doki, chairman of the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology and head of Osaka University Hospital, warning that cancer diagnoses might come too late for certain patients who skip examinations out of becoming infected at hospitals or clinics during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Speaking as an American citizen...if the Japanese truly understood what kind of health system they have and how little they have to pay, I think they'd gladly go to their check ups.

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Last summer I needed certain investigations and had to wait almost six weeks for a vital one due to demand. It is not always patient reticence that is the problem, sometimes lack of facilities and doctors not listening to the patient that causes delays.

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The Japanese diet is high in salt (and preservatives). Too much smoked meat products, starchy noodles and lack of fibre from fruit and veg doesn't help either.

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I guess some people like to hear the truth.

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Pukey2.....

The Japanese diet is high in salt (and preservatives). Too much smoked meat products, starchy noodles and lack of fibre from fruit and veg doesn't help either.

and yet the highest life expectancy in the world?

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@Pukey. I disagree. If you want to eat like that it is your choice. I don’t and find the food situation much better than a 600 gram average to small American steak, mashed potatoes covered with butter and sour cream, and a salad laced with some brew called a dressing.

everyone makes their own choices.

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Had the colon done and all was OK But stomach cancer is quite rare among Westerners. Esophogous? I guess I should, but I suspect I'm low risk, not being a smoker.

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 I guess I should, but I suspect I'm low risk, not being a smoker.

An amazing lack of knowledge about the main cause of esophogous (sic) cancer.

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an amazing lack of knowledge about the main cause of esophogous (sic) cancer.

Wiki:

"The two main types.... have distinct sets of risk factors....Tobacco is a risk factor for both types"

Yep, an "amazing lack of knowledge." LOL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esophageal_cancer#Causes

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