Taipei--One person was diagnosed with cancer in Taiwan every 5 minutes and 6 seconds in 2014, 12 seconds faster than in the previous year, according to the latest available statistics released by the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) Thursday.
In 2014, Taiwan saw 103,147 new cancer patients, an increase of 4,004 from the previous year, the administration said.
For the ninth consecutive year, colon cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country, followed by lung, breast, liver and oral cancer, in that order, the HPA said.
It marked the first time new breast cancer cases have outnumbered liver cancer cases.
Rounding out the top 10 were prostate, gastric, skin, thyroid and esophageal cancers, the administration said.
The age-standardized incidence rate was 303.8 out of every 100,000 people that year, or 341.4 out of every 100,000 men and 271.4 out of every 100,000 women.
The 10 most common cancers among men were colon, liver, lung, oral, prostate, esophageal, gastric, skin and bladder cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in that order.
Among women, the top 10 were cancer of the breast, colon, lung, liver, thyroid, uterine corpus, ovaries, cervix, skin and stomach.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel