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Prostate cancer up 10-fold in city in 20 years

PROSTATE cancer in China has risen sharply in recent years, especially in big cities — increasing in Shanghai 10-fold in the past 20 years, medical experts said at a symposium in the city.

While increasing life spans are one reason for the increase, unhealthy lifestyles also contribute, experts said. The cancer often is slow growing and is more common among older men.

Known as a silent killer, prostate cancer is often not diagnosed until it reaches an advanced state, showing symptoms like bleeding in the urine, painful urination and bone pain. 

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, accounting for almost 15 percent of new cancers, with 1.1 million cases recorded in 2012, experts said at a symposium launched by Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd and the Chinese Prostate Cancer Consortium to raise public awareness of the illness.


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