Only 25 per cent of Chinese cancer patients live for 5 years


chinaBeijing, Dec 11. (PTI) - Only 25 per cent of Chinese cancer patients can survive for five years, compared with Western countries' 68 per cent due to failure in timely diagnosis and treatment, a health expert has said.

China lags far behind developed countries on the key health indicator and 90 per cent of different types of cancer can be cured given that they are spotted and treated at an early stage, secretary-general of the China anti-cancer association, Zhang Zongwe said.

But lack of knowledge on cancer slows the public reaction to the disease. Over 80 per cent of Chinese cancer patients know they have the disease only after it evolves into the middle or later stage.

According to a report released by the Ministry of Health in May, cancer is the leading cause of mortality in China, accounting for 24 per cent of deaths.

China has about 3.1 million cancer patients and the number keeps rising by two million each year. About 1.5 million people die of cancer annually.

Among the under-65 age patients of the disease, lung, liver, stomach, cancer of the oesophagus and rectal cancer are the leading killers in China.

source - PTI 


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