Commission releases premature death data
Four chronic diseases — cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes and chronic respiratory — topped the causes for premature deaths in Beijing, according to a report released by the Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission.
It was the first time a health department has released the premature mortality rate.
Of the four causes of premature death, cancer was listed No 1. It contributed to 27.4 percent of all deaths in Beijing last year, an increase by 4.3 percent over 2014. Lung, colorectal and liver cancer were the top three cancers that led to death in Beijing last year, the report said.
From 2005 to 2014, thyroid cancer among women in Beijing climbed from about 2.35 to 15 of 100,000 people, according to the report.
Chronic disease is threatening more Chinese. The number of Chinese with diabetes is estimated at 110 million, according to a report by the WHO released in April.
In Beijing, 2 out of 10 children under 18 years old are overweight or obese.