Num­ber of can­cer cases ris­ing rapidly

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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