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Cancer diagnosed every six minutes in Taiwan

2012/06/21 11:21:32

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) A new cancer patient is diagnosed every six minutes in Taiwan, according to a report released by the Bureau of Health Promotion Thursday.

In 2009, 87,189 Taiwanese -- 49,022 men and 38,167 women -- were diagnosed with various kinds of cancer, according to the report, which compiles statistics from 213 hospitals nationwide.

The number suggests that a new cancer case is diagnosed every six minutes and two seconds.

There were 7,371 more new cancer cases reported in 2009 than in 2008, according to the figures.

The increase was mostly colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and oral cancer, it said.

Meanwhile, the median age for cancer diagnosis was 63, with an average age of 65 for men and 60 for women.

The report was released with the intention of raising public awareness of cancer prevention and screening programs, some of which are offered free by local health authorities, the bureau said in the press statement.

(By Nancy Liu)