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Cancer leading death cause in Beijing

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-06-29 18:19

BEIJING - Cancer has been the leading cause of death among residents in Beijing during the past eight years, Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning said Monday.

For every 100,000 people in Beijing, 168.9 died of cancer in 2014, which accounts for 27.1 percent of the total deaths, said Zheng Jinpu, official with the commission.

According to a report on health conditions of Beijing residents in 2014 released by the commission on Monday, more than 40,000 people in Beijing were found to have cancer in 2013, with lung and breast cancer the most common for men and women respectively.

The report said life expectancy for Beijing residents in 2014 was 81.81 years old. Additionally, there were 3.01 million people aged 60 and above in 2014, which is 22.6 percent of the total population.

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