The number of new patients diagnosed with cancer in 2012 were the highest ever, a recently released report reveals.
The report, released by Japan’s National Cancer Center Japan, shows that the total number of new patients diagnosed with cancer in 2012 — the most recent data — stood at 865,000, an increase of 14,000 patients from the previous year. That is the highest recorded data up to now, representatives of the center say.
According to the report, Akita, Wakayama, Hiroshima, Shimane and Tottori prefectures had the highest number of cancer patients for male patients, while Akita, Tokyo, Ishiwaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka had the highest number for female patients.
The study further reveals that the total number of stomach cancer patients are found more in the Japan Sea area, which many believe has relations with overall salt consumption in the local diet. According to the study, patients with lung cancer and liver cancer tend to be from western Japan.© Japan Today