Cancer was the most lethal illness in China in 2006, the Ministry of Health
revealed on Monday.
Cancer topped the list of ten most lethal diseases for urban residents in
China last year, followed by cerebrovascular disease and heart disease,
according to a survey by the ministry in 30 cities and 78 counties.
In rural areas, 92 percent of fatalities were caused by ten kinds of
illnesses, the first three being cancer, cerebrovascular disease and respiratory
The death rate from cancer has risen 19 percentge points in cities and 23
percent in rural areas from 2005, the survey says, without giving the exact
The number of cancer patients has been soaring in China since the 1970s.
About 80 percent of cancer patients died from common cancers of the lungs, liver
and stomach, according to previously released figures.