Japan sees 862,000 new cancer patients in 2013
Jiji -- Sep 20
Some 862,000 people in Japan are estimated to have been newly diagnosed with cancer in 2013, down some 3,000 from the previous year, a National Cancer Center research revealed Wednesday.

The center also confirmed that both the cancer onset rate and the death rate tended to be higher than their national averages for men in prefectures facing the Sea of Japan, although such a tendency was not clear for women. In addition, a high cancer occurrence rate was not necessarily be accompanied by a high death rate in some prefectures.

According to detailed results of the nationwide study, based on the prefecture-by-prefecture number of new cancer cases and data on demographic changes, the stomach cancer onset rate and the death rate were both higher than their national averages in the Tohoku region, northeastern Japan, on the Sea of Japan side and on the Kii Peninsula in the central region.

A similar relation in terms of liver cancer was observed in the Kinki and other regions in the western half of the archipelago in addition to the central prefecture of Yamanashi, while that in terms of lung cancer was noticeable in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, Kinki and northern parts of the Kyushu region, in the southwest.

The cancer onset rate is believed to go higher to push up the death rate in areas where many people smoke and are infected with H. pylori bacteria and hepatitis viruses, the center observed.

News source: Jiji
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