Three-year can­cer preven­tion plan to start

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Health of­fi­cials seek­ing to curb China’s fast in­creas­ing can­cer rate are im­ple­ment­ing a three-year na­tion­wide plan that ex­pands can­cer screen­ing, reg­is­tra­tion and preven­tion while re­duc­ing smok­ing.

Can­cer has be­come a ma­jor public health prob­lem, with some 2 mil­lion peo­ple dy­ing of can­cer ev­ery year and more than 3 mil­lion new cases re­ported an­nu­ally, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said.

China’s ag­ing

pop­u­la­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and un­healthy lifestyles have helped drive up the coun­try’s can­cer in­ci­dence rate and death rate in re­cent years.

Spe­cific goals of the three-year preven­tion plan in­clude in­creas­ing can­cer pa­tient reg­is­tra­tion to 30 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, in­creas­ing the per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion that has es­sen­tial knowl­edge of can­cer preven­tion to 60 per­cent, and re­duc­ing the smok­ing rate among adults by 3 per­cent.

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