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Cancer cases continue alarming rise

Every five minutes and six seconds someone in Taiwan will develop cancer.

That's according to the newest government statistics released Thursday by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA).

The cancer rate has accelerated by 12 seconds, according to the rise in cancer cases from 2013 to 2014. New cancer patients nationwide rose to a record high 103,147 in 2014, up 4004 cases from 2013.

The leading types of cancer among both men and women were: colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, mouth cancer, prostate cancer, stomach cancer, skin cancer, thyroid cancer and throat cancer.

Colon cancer has consistently placed among the leading types of cancer in Taiwan, while breast cancer overtook liver cancer for the first time.

The HPA attributes the increased rate of cancer to a rapidly aging society as well as unhealthy lifestyle habits. It added that while the incidents of cancer have increased, death rates from the disease have plateaued. Some forms of cancer have declined, such as liver, stomach and skin cancers.

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