Gastric Cancer is one of the common malignancies worldwide and it is still the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths globally. In Bhutan gastric cancer is the commonest malignancy in male with an incidence rate of 8.3 per 100000 population and second commonest malignancy in females after cervical cancer with an incidence rate of 5.2 per 100000 population. The Flagship program aims at Reducing Gastric Cancer incidence & mortality through early screening & prevention.
Currently, all high-risk population within the age group of (40-75 years) are provided endoscopy services and simultaneously all the H. Pylori positive cases are treated with triple therapy treatment. The gastric cancer screening is currently ongoing in Bumthang, Monggar and Wangdiphodrang Dzongkhags. However, from June 2021 population age group (18-75 years) will be screened for H. Pylori using the H.pylori test kits. The details are reflected as follows: