Hebei Cancer Institute of Cancer’s Registry Office recently released a statement regarding lung cancer. Hebei Province has encountered a 306% rise in lung cancer mortality rates in the last 40 years.

On February 17, after deducting aging and population factors, Professor He Yutong discovered that Hebei’s lung cancer rates have still increased by 180%

Recently, the Hebei Cancer institute of Cancer’s Registration Office released Hebei Provence’s 2012 lung cancer mortality rates. The mortality rates have risen by 306% in just 40 years when compared to the mortality rates in 1970s, making it the highest ranking death caused by cancer.  “Lung cancer has replaced stomach cancer as the cancer with the highest mortality rate”, He Yutong said, “This conclusion is obvious by observing the number of people in the recent years that have been admitted to the clinic for cancer.”

According to the dean and director of the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Office of Heibei Province Shan Bao-en’s introduction in 2015, the Cancer Registries Office has been collecting all the data from the Cancer Registry Data in 2012.  Hebei Province’s Nine National Cancer Registry reported that they have been reviewing, organizing, and analyzing the data on morbidity and mortality of cancer.  Data shows that lung cancer is now the largest threat to both men and women of Hebei Province.  Even more shocking, the occurrence of lung cancer has been rising year by year, showing a rapid upward trend.

Thus, He Yutong and his team analyzed the data of lung cancer deaths in Hebei Province from 1973 to 2012, and made a special investigation. The report shows that from 1973 to 1975, Hebei Province lung cancer mortality was 9.31 / 100,000; by 2012, this figure soared to 35.22 / 100,000. According to the latest statistics in 2012, lung cancer mortality accounted for 22.56% of overall mortality; for every four patients that died of cancer, in one person died of lung cancer, is 1.13 times the national average.
“The average age of death by lung cancer increased from 62.8 years to 69.1 years. China’s aging population is closely related to their advances in medical treatment. However, after 40 years, there is a sharp increase in mortality statistics.   The mortality rates for 40-year-olds are now 11.36/100,000 and 80-year-olds, 533/100,000.” He  Yutong said, “By comparing mortality in rural and urban areas, we found that after 40 years, the mortality rate in the urban areas were higher than that in rural areas. The upward trend has become more pronounced when you view the mortality rate of 80-year-olds in urban areas. That group has 39.7 times the death rate when compared to the 40-year-old group. The 80-year-old group’s mortality rate in rural areas is 19.5 times the 40-year-old’s group.” Through analysis, we can see that Hebei Province’s lung cancer prevention and control situation is grim.

The Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University’s official website shows that Hebei Cancer Institute was founded in March 12, 1976, under the dual leadership of the Chief Provincial Health Department and Hebei Medical University for universal health administrative institutions.

Air pollution and lung cancer has a confirmed positive correlation.

He Yutong from Cancer Institute of Hebei Tumor Registry Office released this data to the News: In recent years, this (rise in lung cancer mortality) research data, not including environmental influence, shows an objective increase in mortality.

Earlier, He Yutong in 2009 published “Trend Analysis: Hebei Province Lung Cancer Deaths,” the article said, studies have shown that the incidence of lung cancer and smoking along is closely related with occupational carcinogen (asbestos, inorganic arsenic compounds), air pollution, ionizing radiation, diet and nutrition and so on. Among them, environmental pollution, especially air pollution, has been listed as the main cause of lung cancer.

She also said the article cited many studies ( home and abroad), “the degree of air pollution and lung cancer incidence and mortality rates were positively correlated. In every 1m­­­3 of air pollutants for each additional 10μg, the probability of developing lung cancer is increased 8%.” Experts state that the aging population may impact lung cancer incidence and mortality of view. This was refuted in the article, which stated that the mortality rate of lung cancer in Hebei Province after the age composition standardized, continued to show a rising trend.  The visible impact of population aging on lung cancer mortality in Hebei Province is not essential.

According to the “Economic Information Daily” December 12, 2014 report; research shows that smoking, environmental pollution, occupational exposure, genetic susceptibility and chronic lung disease is the leading cause of lung cancer. Although smoking has been considered the main cause of lung cancer, a number of studies in recent years show that it can be accompanied by the implementation of tobacco control measures. The incidence of lung cancer caused by smoking significantly controls the upward trend, but was positively correlated with the environmental impact of lung cancer incidence rate that rapidly gained momentum.

The reports mentioned above show a positive correlation between air pollution, growing problem of fog and haze and lung cancer. This has been confirmed by many domestic and foreign experts of authoritative organizations. In Beijing, Tianjin, and other haze-prone areas, the incidence of lung cancer was significantly higher than the national average. Deputy Lord Ren Wangning of Beijing Cancer Prevention and Treatment Office state that the incident rate of lung cancer in Beijing in 2002 rose from 38.56/100,000 in 2011 to 63.09/100,000. This is far higher than the national average. Tianjin lung cancer’s incidence rate is about 60/10,000,000 and new cancer patients show that 1/5 patients have lung cancer with a significantly younger trend. Male and female lung cancer mortality ranked second first respectively.

In early January 2016, Hebei Province Environmental Protection Office had a staff report at Pengpai news: Since 2008, there has been a serious deterioration in air quality in Hebei Province.

News statistics of the country after surging 74 city air quality rankings ten list in 2015 for 12 months of the year, the city of Hebei Province, a total of 76 times on the list; the first 12 months of the year countdown, the city accounted for Hebei nine times. Among them, the same month in Hebei Province has seven cities together “nominated” phenomenon, there have been six times.

In 2015, Penpai News statistics show that of the 74 city cities, Hebei often showed up in the top ten worst air quality cities.  On the monthly report, Hebei was ranked in the top ten worst city nine times. In the same month, seven cities have also ranked in the top ten worst six times.