Deaths from cancer hit new high in Taiwan (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/06/15
By: Chang Ming-hsiuan and Flor Wang

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The number of deaths from cancer hit a new high in Taiwan

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in 2017 — while also remaining the top cause of death for the past 36 years, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said Friday.

For the first time, deaths from cancer exceeded 48,000, reaching 48,037 last year, representing a record 28 percent of the 171,857 deaths recorded in the year and an increase of 277 deaths from 2016, ministry tallies show.

The total number of deaths — 101,686 male and 70,l71 female — reflect a fall of 561, or 0.3 percent, from 2016.

The figure translates into 471 deaths per day, or one death every three minutes and three seconds — the same as 2016, the ministry said.    [FULL  STORY]

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