By: Lung Pei-ning, Jay Chen and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, April 14 (CNA) One person was diagnosed with cancer in Taiwan every 5 minutes and 26 seconds in 2012, a new record that was 14 seconds faster than the previous year, according to cancer statistics released by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) on Tuesday.
The number of new cancer patients in 2012 increased by 4,012 from the previous year to a record 96,694, said the administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare in summarizing the latest data on cancer in Taiwan.
HPA Director-General Chiou Shu-ti (邱淑媞) cited an analysis of the data as saying that the incidence of new cancer diagnoses in Taiwan in 2012 was 415 cases for every 100,000 people, or one in every 223. [FULL STORY]