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Cancer still No. 1 cause of death in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-06-25 08:47 PM
Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Cancer was still the No. 1 cause of death in Taiwan in 2013 with nearly 45,000 reported fatalities, according to statistics published by the Department of Health and Welfare Wednesday. The department said 44,791 people died of the disease in 2013, averaging one cancer death every 11 minutes and 44 seconds. Cancer was the top cause of death for the 32nd year. Following cancer, other leading causes of death were heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia and accidents, the department said. Rounding out the top 10 causes of death were chronic lower respiratory disease, high blood pressure, chronic liver disease and liver cirrhosis, nephritis, and nephritic syndrome and nephropathy. In terms of age, the leading cause of death among children aged under 14 was cancer, while accidents topped the cause of death among those aged 15-24. Overall, seven out of the top 10 leading causes of death were chronic diseases, accounting for about 64.2 percent of the deaths in 2013. Wu Chien-yuan, a section chief of the Health Promotion Administration, said that as Taiwan's population ages, the leading causes of death will focus increasingly on chronic diseases of the elderly. Wu said that nearly 70 percent of the deaths in 2013 were among senior citizens over the age of 65. Although 3,565 people died by committing suicide, making it the 11th leading cause of death in 2013, it fell out of the top 10 causes of death for the fourth consecutive year, although it was still the number two cause of death in the 15-24 age group. The youngest person to die from committing suicide was a 12-year-old. Overall, the number of males who committed suicide last year was double that of females. (By Lung Pei-ning and Lilian Wu)
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