BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Recently, the Chinese health authorities have dubbed cancer the number one cause of death in China. The cancer rates skyrocket in China, which in 2015 registered over 2.8 million cancer-related death. And according to a new study, 4.3 million new cases have emerged.
As more and more people are diagnosed each day with cancer, China begins to pool all its resources into detecting the exact cause of this high cancer rate. Most of the health specialists in China agree that the main cause that can account for this rate is air pollution, followed by indoor pollution and contaminated water sources.
The new study about China’s cancer rate is the fruit of collaboration between several health agencies from China, Australia and the United States. Using no more than 72 local cancer registries, the National Cancer Center from Beijing, the American Cancer Society and the University of Sidney tried to assess the prevalence of cancer in China.
According to their study, each day, approximately 7500 people are diagnosed with a form of cancer. Moreover, in 2015, 2.8 million people died due to cancer, and 4.3 million more were diagnosed with this harrowing disease.
Based on the group’s collected data, it would seem that there are 4 large groups of cancer that make up the death toll. According to the health agencies, the most common forms of cancer in China are lung cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer and esophageal cancer.
Other figures reveal that the mortality rate is higher in men than in women and that geography also plays a key role. The numbers also point out that men from a rural area are more likely to die from either one of the 4 types of cancer than men who live in urban areas.
Taking into account the emergence rate, it would seem that China accounts for 22 percent of the new cases of cancer diagnosed worldwide. Moreover, China also accounts for approximately 27 percent of all cancer-related death in the world.
Although it seems rather absurd, it would seem that the high rates of cancer are not capable of discouraging teens from smoking. Not even the adults are not likely to quit the habit. Another health study, intimately related to this one, has revealed that since 2010 the smoking rate in young adults has increased by approximately 50 percent.
When asked about the origin of the disease, most medical specialists agree that China’s pollution plays a key role. Moreover, the health authorities are led to believe that indoor air pollution, from using biomass fuels is also to blame for the rising number of cancer cases. Last, but not least, the authorities found out that even contaminated water can influence the development of cancer.