Number of cancer cases rising rapidly
Cancer cases are rising rapidly in China and are estimated to cost the country 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) a year, according to health organizations and experts.
The World Health Organization (WHO), marking World Cancer Day, which fell on Feb 4, said more than 3 million Chinese develop cancer each year and 2.2 million die.
“(The 100 billion yuan)
is definitely an underestimate, but cancer is on the rise, for sure,” said Wang Jinwan, a physician at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences’ Cancer Institute and Hospital.
Lung cancer is the most common type diagnosed among Chinese men and the leading cause of cancer deaths in China. Among women, breast cancer is the type most commonly diagnosed and one of the deadliest.