Com­mis­sion re­leases pre­ma­ture death data

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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