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Cancer becomes more chronic in city

Lung, colorectal and thyroid are the most prevalent forms of cancer for Shanghai residents.

Cancer has become one of the most common chronic diseases, and is the second-highest cause of death among locals, the Shanghai Health Commission said yesterday during National Cancer Prevention and Control Promotion Week.

About 79,000 city residents are diagnosed with cancer every year, with an incidence rate of 546 in every 100,000 people.

The most deadly are lung, colorectal and gastric cancer.

Five-year survival rates have increased over the past decade. Currently, 55 percent of cancer patients survive for more than five years, which is considered a clinical recovery.

The early-stage detection rate of common cancers has risen to 39 percent due to public education and promotions for early screening.

About 490,000 people are living with cancer in the city — 3 percent of the population.

The rising number of elderly people with cancer is the primary reason for the increase of cancer incidences and mortality, experts said.

Shanghai is promoting early detection through cancer screenings, diagnoses and treatments in order to prolong people’s survival rates and improve their quality of life.


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