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Cancer Remains Top Cause of Death In China's Capital for Past 7 Years

Cancer Remains Top Cause of Death In China's Capital for Past 7 Years | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Cancer remains the No 1 killer for Beijing residents for the seventh year in a row, with the rate of thyroid cancer rising the fastest, according to a report by the capital's health authority....
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China continues to struggle to improve air quality, with levels of fine-particle pollutants that can enter the bloodstream through the lungs, among the highest in the world. Cancer is very prevalent and in the past 7 years has been the top cause of death in Beijing. This has been confirmed by a recent report by the Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission.

In the past 10 years the rate of thyroid cancer rate has increase by 400%.  The most prevalent form of cancer among men was lung cancer, followed by colorectal cancer and liver cancer. The top concern for women was breast cancer, then lung cancer and colorectal cancer.

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Western Oncology in China

Western oncology in China http://t.co/4IJSAsKPD2
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The Journal of Oncology Practice has published an interesting report by a group of western doctors who opened the first of a planned number of cancer centers in China, offering radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and mammography.

 

The report includes the following:

The Chinese and Their Doctors - There is a lack of trust between patients/families and physicians. There is a feeling that care is being provided for personal gain, much more so than in the West.

Chinese Oncology - the government has made it inexpensive to see physicians. Such accessibility has meant that often only 3 minutes of the physician’s time is spent with each patient on average.

Patients, Physicians, and the Party - Chinese patients, thinking they have or are diagnosed with cancer, will demand that certain tests be performed. Physicians, rather than argue necessity, will acquiesce instead of having these patients complain to hospital administrators (which are a conventional one, as in the West, and a second, a Communist party member), when they must then defend their case.

Respect for Lives - Western physicians take difficult cases as challenges, whereas Chinese physicians first assess risk to themselves and hesitate in helping patients.

Disclosure - There is a lack of full disclosure by patients for fear of offending therapists or general fear of disclosing any information.

Treatment Costs - in the spirit of the new Chinese free-enterprise system, everything is negotiable, even the complete blood count price.

Communication - foreign physicians cooperate with one another when treating the same patient. Chemotherapists share information with radiotherapists. However, in Shanghai, physicians hesitate to cooperate. They feel threatened and offended when their patients’ other physicians check with them about treatments or test details.

Chinese Oncologists - There are approximately 8,000 registered Chinese medical oncologists. Those with specialties in radiation, medical, and surgical oncology invariably see one another as competitors rather than peers. Surgeons and radiation oncologists administer chemotherapy. The understanding and use of general oncologic concepts seem to be absent.

Patient Confidentiality and Privacy - Patient confidentiality and privacy seem nonexistent. Indeed, when speaking with one patient, another patient or family will listen in, interrupt, comment, and even disagree.

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China’s Pollution Causing Lung Cancer

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BEIJING — The youngest known lung cancer patient in eastern China is an 8-year-old girl whose home is next to a dust-choked road in heavily industrialized Jiangsu province.
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At a time when cigarette smoking is on the decline in China, the nation is facing an explosion of lung cancer cases.

The youngest known lung cancer patient in eastern China is an 8-year-old girl whose home is next to a dust-choked road in heavily industrialized Jiangsu province. Another patient was a 14-year-old girl from Shanghai, the daughter of two nonsmokers with no family history of lung cancer. Bai Chunxue chairman of the Shanghai Respiratory Research Institute believes that the most probable cause is pollution.

Readings in Beijing and elsewhere in northern China frequently climb straight off the chart devised by the World Health Organization, which classifies particulate levels between 300 and 500 micrograms per cubic meter as hazardous.

The northeastern city of Harbin practically closed down for two days in October when readings approached 1,000, creating air so murky that residents said they couldn't see their dogs at the end of the leash.

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Chan Cudennec's curator insight, January 12, 2014 1:27 AM

It is shocking the levels of pollution in Beijing. Sadly in HK, we are also exposed to high levels of air pollution. Do we need an explosion of lung cancer before the government does something? 

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:32 PM

Environment has an impact on our wellbeing...as do other factors.