Record num­ber of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with can­cer in Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

One per­son was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in Tai­wan ev­ery 5 min­utes and 26 sec­onds in 2012, a new record that was 14 sec­onds faster than the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to can­cer statis­tics re­leased by the Health Pro­mo­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (HPA) on Tues­day.

The num­ber of new can­cer pa­tients in 2012 in­creased by 4,012 from the pre­vi­ous year to a record 96,694, said the ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare in sum­ma­riz­ing the lat­est data on can­cer in Tai­wan.

HPA Direc­tor-Gen­eral Chiou Shu- ti cited an anal­y­sis of the data as say­ing that the in­ci­dence of new can­cer di­ag­noses in Tai­wan in 2012 was 415 cases for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple, or one in ev­ery 223.

The most com­mon can­cers in Tai­wan are colon, lung, liver, breast and oral can­cers, fol­lowed by prostate, gas­tric, skin, thy­roid and esophageal can­cers, the new statis­tics showed.

Colon can­cer topped the list for the sev­enth year in a row, with the num­ber of pa­tients di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer in 2012 up 6 per­cent from a year ear­lier to 14,965. It was the fastest grow­ing of any of the can­cers in the HPA re­port.

A to­tal of 11,692 were di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer in 2012, 6 per­cent more than in the pre­vi­ous year. But the growth in new lung can­cer cases was par­tic­u­larly no­table among women at 11 per­cent.

Although the num­ber of smok­ers in Tai­wan has fallen dramatically since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Tobacco Haz­ards Pre­ven­tion Act in Septem­ber 1997, the prob­lem of sec­ond­hand smoke should not be un­der­es­ti­mated, the HPA said.

Based on a pre­vi­ous sur­vey con­ducted by the ad­min­is­tra­tion, the per­cent­age of Tai­wanese women ex­posed to pas­sive smoke fell from 26.3 per­cent in 2008 to 17.8 per­cent in 2009, be­fore re­bound­ing to 28.5 per­cent in 2014, the HPA said.

The new­est can­cer fig­ures were not all bad news be­cause cer­vi­cal can­cer was not in the list of the 10 most preva­lent can­cers for the first time.

The HPA at­trib­uted the re­sult to the suc­cess­ful gov­ern­ment cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing pro­gram, dubbed “a life­time in 6 min­utes,” that be­gan in 1995. Six min­utes refers to the amount of time needed to ad­min­is­ter the pap smear.

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