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'Cancer villagers' blame polluting industry

By Lu Feiran (Shanghai Daily)

14:18, January 10, 2012

A VILLAGE in East China's Jiangsu Province, surrounded by more than 80 plants processing heavy metals, has been dubbed "cancer village" after around 70 inhabitants were diagnosed with cancer in the past two or three years.

Villagers in Shibao said many of the cases have already proved fatal, Jiangsu Province's official website reported yesterday.

Shibao comes under the administration of Xinghua City, and environmental protection authorities there said they are investigating the claims.

One plant has been fined for polluting a river, said officials.

Li Genjiu, 61, who has lived in Shibao all his life, said in the past, two or three villagers would be diagnosed with cancer annually, but for recent years, the numbers have soared.

"Before, the most common types were stomach and esophagus cancer, but now the number of lung cancer patients has increased," Li added.

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