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Abandoned Steel Mills Threaten Public Health

Falling prices, weak demand and mounting debt in China’s steel industry have led to a series of closures and mergers in recent years, leaving many mills abandoned. At China Dialogue, Gao Shengke reports that health risks...

Pollution Leading to Higher Cancer Rates in China

China’s rapid development is creating a number of well-documented environmental problems, which in turn are leading to elevated cancer rates, especially in rural regions. Al Jazeera reports: While rising cancer rates are...

China’s Expanding Life Spans—and Waistlines

At Bloomberg Businessweek, Christina Larson describes a paper from the latest, China-themed issue of The Lancet medical journal, which shows that China’s health problems increasingly resemble those of developed countries....

Inside China’s “Cancer Villages”

The Guardian’s Jonathan Kaiman talks to residents of some of China’s hundreds of “cancer villages” about the obstacles to their efforts to seek redress: Yanglingang residents count their home as one of...

The Beijing Patient: How Smog Changed Two Lives

Cancer is now the primary cause of death in Beijing, and air pollution is a major factor in this grim reality. The capital’s dangerous smog caused an “airpocalypse” this January, leading one public health expert to call the...

Data: Cancer Beijing’s Biggest Killer

Data released by Beijing’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Office indicates that cancer is the leading cause of death in China’s capital, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Christina Larson: Exposure...

Cancer in China Influenced by Pollution, Poverty

The Xinhua News Agency looks at the different patterns of cancer treatment in China versus the west, due to China’s notorious environmental pollution and lack of adequate medical insurance: While the incidence rate of...

A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China

An aniline spill in Shanxi on New Year’s Eve caused extended disruption of water supplies in the downstream Hebei city of Handan earlier this month. Public anger at the authorities’ five-day cover-up then led to four...

The Dark Side of the Boom

Jonathan Watts reports for the Guardian (via chinadialogue): Since last year, there has been an explosion of lead poisoning cases close to smelting plants. Studies have shown that communities that recycle electronic waste are...

Coal Is Linked to Cancer in China Province

Nonsmoking women in one region of Yunnan Province die from lung cancer at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world. The New York Times reports: A group of scientists now say they have a possible explanation: the burning of...

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