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Network of care for cancer patients

A CITYWIDE network of care has ensured that around 180,000 people who have been diagnosed with cancer over the past 38 years are still alive, experts said.

This joined-up service includes patient diagnosis, rehabilitation, neighborhood visits and intervention.

Health staff visit around 153,000 of these cancer patients each year, and 33.6 percent of them have survived more than five years.

At present, around 15,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Shanghai. More than 40 percent die within 12 months.

In 2008, Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention began a project to improve community-based cancer health care, rehabilitation and enhance early screening for breast and colon cancer.

Under the project, around 94 percent of new cancer patients and 81.9 percent of patients who have survived from previous years are covered by community health care.

Cancer is the second biggest killer in Shanghai, after strokes and heart disease.

Breast cancer is the most common form among the 180,000 surviving patients.


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