Five-year cancer survival rate in China increased by 10 percent: National Cancer Center


The five-year overall cancer survival rate in China has increased from 30.9 percent to 40.5 percent over the past ten years, an increase of around 10 percent, according to the latest statistics released by the country's National Cancer Center (NCC) on Saturday.

On the NCC annual meeting, it said that there are about 4.06 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 2.41 million cancer deaths each year in China.

China has established a cancer registry system covering a population of 1.407 billion till now, which provides data on new cancer cases, survival rate and mortality, and provides support for cancer research, prevention and control.

The country in recent years has been promoting the construction of the regional medical centers , aiming to promote high-quality medical resources to the public and reduce cross-provincial medical treatment. It chose several high-level hospitals from cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to build their branches in the provinces with relatively scarce medical resources. These centers are focusing on tumor, cardiovascular disease, pediatrics and neurology.

So far, a total of 76 regional medical centers have been launched, according to the country's National Health Commission (NHC).

Guo Yanhong, director of the NHC Health Emergency Response Office, said at the annual meeting that the country will promote a four-tier cancer medical and health service system at national, provincial, municipal and county levels, thus solving resource imbalance amid different regions and improving cancer prevention in China comprehensively.

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