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Cancer rates revealed

THERE are about 210,000 people living with cancer in Shanghai. The prevalence rate of the disease is 1.56 percent, which means more than one person in every 100 Shanghai residents has cancer, officials from the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday when the government kicked off this year's cancer prevention and control education week.

Shanghai has 48,000 new cancer patients every year. More than three people in every 1,000 Shanghai residents are diagnosed with cancer every year. Men account for 55 percent of the new cases and women 45 percent.

The five most prevalent cancers among local men are cancers of the lung, stomach, colon, liver and prostate. Lung cancer ranks No. 1 among all the cancers, and accounts for 22 percent of all new cases for men.

The five cancers most affecting females in the city are cancers of the breast, colon, lung, stomach and liver. Breast cancer is the most prevalent, accounting for 17 percent of new female cancer cases.

"Cancer is the second-largest cause of death, following cardio-cerebrovascular disease in Shanghai," said Wang Panshi from the Shanghai Health Bureau. "Over 30,000 people die of cancer in Shanghai every year."

The mortality rate of cancer is 221.2 in every 100,000 people in the city, which means more than two people die of cancer among every 1,000 local residents every year.

"Cancer incident and mortality rates in Shanghai are around average in the world and lower than developed countries, while at a high level nationally," Wang said.


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