Chinese medical experts call for lifestyle changes to address stomach cancer

09:45, October 23, 2010      

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China has 400,000 new cases of stomach cancer each year, representing over 40 percent of the newly added cases in the world.

That was disclosed by Fan Daiming, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the president of the Fourth Military Medical University, while addressing a forum on cancers held in Beijing Thursday.

To avoid the fatal disease, which kills 700,000 people worldwide every year, experts are calling for healthy life habits and increasing social awareness of this disease.

Professor Wang Guimian, an oncologist with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, blamed the high prevalence of stomach cancer in China on poor dietary habits.

Wang said that as the Chinese people were getting rich, they tended to have excessive intakes of fat, sugar and other high-calorie food which led to the rise of lifestyle diseases such as stomach cancer and intestinal cancer.

Professor Ji Jiafu with the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association called for increased public attention, saying, "Each year, stomach cancer takes away four times the number of people that the Wenchuan earthquake buried, but it fails to raise people's attention."

Source: Xinhua


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