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China Warns Of Cancer Epidemic

A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits with others at a bus stop on a smoggy day on March 26, 2014 in Beijing, China. Air pollution can contribute to illnesses including lung cancer. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits with others at a bus stop on a smoggy day on March 26, 2014 in Beijing, China. Air pollution can contribute to illnesses including lung cancer. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Cancer rates may be falling in many Western countries, but they are rising steadily in China. The country’s top health officials have issued a strong warning about the spread of cancer.

All types of the disease are, it seems, becoming increasingly common. Blame the effects of pollution and unhealthy habits.

The BBC’s Celia Hatton traveled to the coastal city of Tianjin to see how Asia’s largest cancer treatment center is handling the onslaught.


Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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  • Celia Hatton, BBC News correspondent based in Beijing since 2001. She tweets @celiahatton.

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