The programme has been launched in 10 wards and districts of the capital city and provided free screenings for more than 122,670 people. About 6,650 people, representing 5.4%, were diagnosed with cancer.
In addition, 275 patients received endoscopic surgery and counselling.
Nearly 350 people among over 5,000 people joining the programme in Tay Ho district were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, accounting for over six percent, said doctor Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao of Thu Cuc General Hospital.
The screening campaign is expected to be carried out in other districts and wards such as Hoan Kiem, Bac Tu Liem, Dong Anh, Thanh Xuan, Hoai Duc, Dan Phuong, Thach That and Quoc Oai in March.
Medical experts said the city needs to step up public awareness about cancer screening as local people have not been fully aware of its role. The Health Department is also looking for sponsors for the screening of breast cancer and other diseases.