China and India face huge cancer burden: experts
Published on Apr 12, 2014 4:21 AM
PARIS (AFP) - China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said on Friday.
In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia's big two emerging giants are facing huge economic and human costs from the disease.
In China, cancer now accounts for one in every five deaths, ranking second only to cardiovascular disease as the most common cause of mortality, according to the study.
Sixty per cent of cancer cases in China are attributable to "modifiable environmental factors," including smoking, water contamination and air pollution, it said.
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