Nagoya City One Coin Cancer Screenings

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From April 1 the City of Nagoya started providing low cost cancer screenings to residents. Screenings can detect cancer at a very early stage before it spreads and becomes difficult to treat. Screenings also help to find changes in cells which could become cancerous if not treated.

Screenings for stomach cancer, colon cancer, uterine cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer are available for just 500 Yen each at Public Health Centers and affiliated clinics & hospitals (協力医療機関 kyō-ryoku-iryō-kikan).

The 500 Yen fee only covers the initial tests. You will be responsible for any other fees and health insurance requirements if after you receive the basic test results further, more detailed tests are required or illness is detected.

A list of affiliated clinics and hospitals in Nagoya City (divided by ward) is on the City of Nagoya website (in Japanese). It is also available in a printer-friendly PDF version.

Alternatively you can call the NIC 3F Information Counter (in English) at 052-581-0100 to find an English-speaking affiliated hospital near you!

Information in English about how to apply (with printable application form) and screenings restrictions is available in a printer-friendly PDF version



★About the Screenings & Key Vocabulary

Stomach cancer causes little or no symptoms in its early stages, but with early detection via routine screening stomach cancer has a 91% 5-year survival rate. Screening in Nagoya is done with a barium x-ray. Before a barium meal the stomach needs to be empty so it’s important not to eat or drink anything for at least four hours before the test. The test can also detect polyps and benign ulcers.
– stomach cancer 胃がん i-gan
– ulcer 潰瘍 kaiyō

Colon cancer (also known as colorectal cancer or large bowel cancer) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the Western world. Screening in Nagoya is done with a faecal occult blood (FOB) test. People who have a positive FOB test (have blood in their stools) are invited to have further tests.
– large bowel cancer 大腸がん daichō-gan

Uterine cancer – there are 2 main types – Endometrial cancer and Cervical Cancer. Screening in Nagoya is done with an internal vaginal examination, followed by a cervical smear. Patients who show signs of irregular bleeding and abnormal periods may be recommended to have additional screenings for cervical cancer (usually a colposcopy).
– uterine cancer 子宮癌 shikyū-gan
– endometrial cancer 子宮体癌 shikyūtai-gan
– cervical cancer 子宮頸癌 shikyūkei-gan

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Screening in Nagoya is done with an examination of the breasts and the lymph nodes under the arms and at the base of the neck followed by a mammogram (a low-dose x-ray of the breast tissue).
– breast cancer 乳がん nyū-gan
– mammogramマンモグラフィー検査 manmogurafi kensa

Lung cancer causes 1.3 million deaths a year, more than any other cancer. The large majority of people who get lung cancer have smoked for many years. However, people who don’t smoke can also develop lung cancer, through exposure to 2nd hand smoke and asbestos. Screening in Nagoya is done with a chest x-ray. Heavy and long-term smokers and those patients who have experienced bloody phlegm may also be asked to give samples of phlegm (sputum) to the hospital, so that they can be examined under a microscope for cancer cells.
– lung cancer 肺がん hai-gan
– bloody phlegm 血痰 kettan
– phlegm/sputum 痰 tan
– X-ray examination エックス線検査 ekkusu-sen-kensa

Prostate cancer, in most cases, is slow-growing and symptom-free, and tends to develop in men over the age of fifty. Screening in Nagoya is done with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
– prostate cancer 前立腺がん zen-ritsu-sen-gan

For more easy-to-understand information about these types of cancer, symptoms, and commonly-used screening and treatment procedures, the website of UK-based charity, the Macmillan Cancer Support

To learn more about the Nagoya International Center,
please watch our video.

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