Six people are diagnosed with cancer every minute in China, according to a new report in a Chinese medical journal.
Shanghai Daily reports:
There are about 3.12 million new cases of cancer every year in China, and 2 million deaths, the report said.
The age distribution of cancer patients and the rapid rise of lung, breast and colorectal cancers were of concern to doctors but 60 percent of cases could be avoided by following a healthy lifestyle, experts said.
Cancers closely related to people’s lifestyles were rising quickly in China.
Xu Congjian, president of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University, said women suffering from cancer were younger than before. Among all gynecological cancer patients, 21 percent were young women who hadn’t yet had children.
Cervical cancer was beginning to affect women in their 30s and 40s, 10 years earlier than before, because of their earlier sex life, multiple partners and smoking, he said.
Cancer of the lung, stomach, rectum, liver, and oesophagus are the most common in China. Lung cancer is by far the most deadly, the mortality rate from the disease has risen by 465 percent in the last 30 years.
Shanghai is China’s leading city for cancer cases, over 150 residents are diagnosed with some form of the disease every day.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in China. Over half of all adult men and 41 percent of doctors smoke.
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