The China North-South Lung Cancer Summit was held in Beijing on November 15 and 16. Statistics reported at the summit show that that lung cancer has become the number one cancer in China. By 2025, it is expected that China will have 1 million lung cancer patients, which will be the highest in the world. The statistics also showed that, out of 1.1 billion cigarette smokers in the world, 350 million of those are in China. Among those who are age 15 and above, 33.5 percent are smokers. One million people in China die from cigarette related diseases every year. While, at present, this accounts for 22.7 percent of the people who die from cancer, the number is growing by 26.9 percent every year. Lung cancer is said to be the highest among male patients.
[Editor’s note: According to the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), at present, Hungary has the highest rate of lung cancer per 100,000 of population, followed by French Polynesia and the United States.]
Source: Xinhua, November 17, 2013