Almost one in 60 Shanghai residents has been diagnosed with cancer, placing the city among areas with the highest rates of cancer in the nation, according to new figures released by the Shanghai Disease Control and Prevention Center.
Shanghai Daily reports:
The incidence of the disease among local people with permanent residence permit was 1.79 percent in 2013, according to the Shanghai Disease Control and Prevention Center.
On average, every day sees 150 new cancer patients, while 100 residents die from the disease.
Residents aged over 70 formed the biggest group of patients, accounting for 45 percent of those with the disease in Shanghai.
Figures showed that some 2 percent of females in Shanghai have been diagnosed with cancer, breast cancer being one of the most common types.
Around 1.5 percent of men in the city have been diagnosed with the disease, lung cancer being one of the most prevalent types among them.
People over 70 accounted for 45 percent of cancer patients, and 42 percent of cases were diagnosed in people ranging from 50 to 69 years old.
The center found that smokers were ten times more likely to develop cancer than those who don’t smoke.
Smoking has proven to be the leading cause of lung cancer in China. Over half of all adult men and even 41 percent of doctors smoke.
Reports released last year showed that six people are diagnosed with cancer every minute in China, and the youngest case of lung cancer was recently seen in an 8-year-old patient from Jiangsu province.
[Image Credit: Pollobarba]