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City sees 10-fold increase in children with cancer

THERE has been a 10-fold increase in the number of children in the city hospitalized for cancer in the past decade, local medical experts said yesterday on the eve of World Cancer Day, whose theme this year is "Cancer can be prevented too."

Leukemia is the city's most prevalent children's cancer, accounting for 30 percent of cases. Cancer is responsible for 10 percent of local children's deaths and is the second leading cause of death, after accidents, for local children between five and 15 years old.

Experts have called for early intervention and prevention of unhealthy diets, second-hand smoking and exposure to toxic chemicals.

Dr Tang Jingyan, director of the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association's pediatric oncology department, said Shanghai only had 30 to 40 children suffering from cancer per year in the late 80s.

"Now there are over 400 new patients a year and over half are from other provinces," she said.


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