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Cancer center to help curb rising disease cases

By Shan Juan (China Daily)

16:03, April 16, 2012

(China Daily Photo)

Early screening considered key in combating incidence rate

China's first national cancer center will be inaugurated within the year to enhance the country's capacity for prevention, early screening and treatment of the disease, said a senior health official.

Lei Zhenglong, deputy director of the disease prevention and control bureau of the Ministry of Health, made the remarks on Sunday at an event to mark National Cancer Week, which starts on April 15 every year.

"The cancer center, to be headquartered at the Cancer Institute and Hospital at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, will help better guide the government in making policies and taking countermeasures to curb the rising incidence of cancer," he said.

The mainland records about 2.8 million new cancer cases each year, and the number is expected to exceed 3.8 million in a decade, official statistics show. Lung cancer is the most common and also has the highest mortality rate in the country.

Proven risk factors for cancer include smoking, an unhealthy diet, obesity, lack of exercise and pollution, experts said.

According to Shi Yuankai, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Cancer Hospital, among people between the ages of 30 and 60, cancer has become the leading fatal disease on the mainland and the overall prevalence is steadily on the rise.

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