Cancerous cells, via DRamnai
Shanghai is China’s leading cancer-city, and a new report from the Health and Family Planning Commission makes it clear that the city will be holding its unfortunate title for some time to come. The report states that 36,000 residents now die of cancer annually, a rate of 98 per day. The diagnosis rate is even higher, with 54,000 diagnoses in 2012, or about 150 per day.
Those looking for a root cause to the city’s cancer problem are in a losing battle; every wek a new pollution, food, or water crisis looks to take responsibility. According to South China Morning Post:
People complain about pollution, bad tap water and hazardous food whenever a relative, colleague or friend is diagnosed with cancer.
In the 1970s, 12 Shanghai residents in every 100,000 developed colorectal cancer. That rate has now soared, to 59 per 100,000. […]
The commission says lung, colorectal, stomach, liver and breast cancers are the most common cancers in Shanghai.
Concerns about the quality of Shanghai’s tap water have been mounting since thousands of dead pigs, dumped by farmers in neighbouring Jiaxing , Zhejiang province, were found in the Huangpu River, the main source of water for the city, in March.
Shanghai’s government insisted tap water was safe and met national standards but did not release details of water quality tests, such as turbidity and ammonia-nitrogen levels. The government’s assurances did little to ease the concerns of residents. Many accuse city officials of focusing more on economic growth than residents’ health. And they probably have a point.
Shanghai is number one! The city has been maintaining its significantly higher-than-average cancer rates for some time now, although the nation’s infamous “cancer villages” are giving it a run for its money.