Taiwan has world’s 15th-highest lung cancer incidence: report

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/26
By: Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Taiwan has the 15th-highest incidence of lung cancer in the world and the second-highest in Asia, with the rate among women ranked eighth-highest in the world, according to a report released Tuesday by the Formosa Cancer Foundation.

According to the World Health Organization's 2018 global statistics, lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, with an incidence of 22.5 per 100,000 people.

Taiwan has an incidence of 36 per 100,000 people, second only in Asia to North Korea at 36.2 per 100,000 people, foundation deputy chief executive Tsai Li-chuan (蔡麗娟) said at a press conference to mark Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed in November.

About 10,000 people die of lung cancer each year in Taiwan, Tsai said, adding that the disease does not always produce symptoms until the later stages, which means it has a low rate of survival.

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