100 residents die of cancer every day

Shanghai has 2.6 cancer patients for every 100 permanent residents, and 68,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.
Chen Jie / SHINE

MORE than 100 Shanghai residents die from cancer every day, the Shanghai Anticancer Association revealed yesterday, or some 37,000 a year.

The city has 2.6 cancer patients for every 100 permanent residents, it said, a total of 367,000 cases, and 68,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

“Lung, large intestine, liver, stomach, breast, cervix and prostate are high incidence cancers in Shanghai,” said Zheng Ying, director of the tumor prevention and control department at Fudan University’s Shanghai Cancer Center.

These seven cancers account for nearly 60 percent of newly diagnosed cancer cases in Shanghai.

The incidence of large intestine, breast and prostate cancers in Shanghai is much higher than the national average, said Zheng.

Shanghai has an aging population and the risk of cancer among older people is much higher, she said. Last year the top three killers of the city’s older residents were circulation system diseases, cancer and respiratory system diseases.

About 780,000 people in China are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, the largest incidence of all cancers, followed by stomach cancer and carcinoma of the colon and rectum, according to the National Cancer Center. The incidence of cancer in the United States is much higher than China, but the death rate in China is higher, said Zheng.

“Smoke control and early prevention and screening are important in cancer control,” said Zheng.

About 45 percent of cancers among Chinese patients are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and microbial infections, and they can be avoided via vaccination and lifestyle changes, the association said. For cases that cannot be avoided, screening can help find identify them early, thus improving treatment results and increasing the chances of a cure.

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