Three-year cancer prevention plan to start
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.
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.