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Cancer is still No. 1 cause of death in Taiwan, report says

Staff Writer, with CNA

Cancer remained the No. 1 cause of death in the nation for the 30th consecutive year last year, responsible for 28 percent of the deaths recorded that year, according to the latest report released by the Department of Health.

Second was heart disease (10.9 percent), followed by cerebrovascular disease (7.1 percent), diabetes (6 percent) and pneumonia (6 percent).

Other top 10 causes of death were accidents (4.4 percent), chronic lower respiratory tract disease (3.9 percent), chronic liver disease (3.4 percent), hypertension (3 percent) and kidney disease (2.9 percent).

Suicide was once again absent from the top 10 after dropping out of the list for the first time in 2010. However, it was the 12th leading cause of death last year, claiming 3,507 lives.

The age-standardized death (per 100,000 per year) from all causes combined was 462.4, up 1.5 percent from 2010, but down 17.2 percent from 2009.

Last year, 42,559 people died from cancer, which translates into an average of one death every 12 minutes and 21 seconds, according to the report.

The age-standardized death rate for cancer was 132.2 per 100,000 population, up 0.5 percent from 2010.

Twenty percent of cancer-related fatalities were attributed to lung cancer, 18.8 percent to liver cancer, 11.6 percent to colorectal cancer and 4.4 percent to breast cancer.

Oral cancer took fifth spot at 5.8 percent, followed by stomach cancer (5.4 percent), prostate cancer (2.6 percent), pancreatic cancer (3.8 percent), esophageal cancer (3.5 percent) and cervical cancer (1.6 percent).

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