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Cancer No. 2 killer, as colorectal illness jumps

CANCER is now the No. 2 killer of Shanghai residents, following cardiovascular disease, and colorectal cancer has grown quickly to become the second-most-deadly cancer for local residents, health authorities said.

The city's cancer rate remains high at 390 out of every 100,000 people, more than a third higher than the national rate of 286, continuing the trend of the past few years.

The city's high cancer rate is due in large part to an aging population and unhealthy lifestyle, the city's health authorities said.

About 54,000 new cases and 36,000 deaths from cancer are reported every year, officials said.

An average of 98 local residents die from cancer every day.

The incidence of colorectal cancer among Shanghai residents has surged in recent years with an annual increase of over 4 percent. The top five cancers in Shanghai are lung, colon, gastric, liver and breast cancers.

Reasons for the rise in colorectal cancer include the large number of the elderly, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, officials with the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said.

A community-based screening program for colorectal cancer was launched yesterday.

People who reach retirement age ? 60 for men and 55 for women ? and have local permanent residency can get a free examination for colorectal cancer. Early screening will help reduce deaths, officials said.


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