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Cancer rate tops China average

SHANGHAI'S cancer rate remains higher than the national average, with nearly 50,000 new cases and 30,000 deaths every year, officials of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday, the eve of World Cancer Day.

The city's rate is more than 350 out of every 100,000 people, while the national rate is 285.91, officials said.

The top reason for the higher cancer rate in Shanghai is the large number of the elderly, while unhealthy habits like smoking also contribute, health officials said. It is the city's second-biggest killer, after cardiovascular disease. The five top cancers in Shanghai are lung cancer, colon cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer and breast cancer.

The incidence and mortality for cancer in China are about two-thirds that of developed countries in the West.


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