Costa Rica tackles high rates of stomach cancerBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7324.1270b (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1270
- Claire Wallerstein
- San José
Cash strapped Costa Rica, with the highest incidence of stomach cancer in the Western world, is hoping to slash its 85% death rate thanks to equipment and training from Japan.
Costa Rica comes behind only Japan, South Korea, and North Korea in terms of incidence of the disease, with about 52 per 100 000 people in 1998, compared with 77 per 100 000 in Japan. However, of these 52 people, 45 will die within five years, compared with just 35 of the 77 per 100 000 in Japan.
Stomach cancer has always been the prime cause of deaths from cancer in Costa …