Lidija Grozdanic

Chinese Officials Confirm the Existence of Pollution-Choked "Cancer Villages"

by , 02/25/13

china cancer villages, china health issues, china pollution, water and air pollution china, china hazardous smog, china industrial waste, pollution-linked cancer, environmental destruction

After years of public speculation about the impact of pollution on some areas of the country, the Chinese Ministry of Environment Protection has finally confirmed the existence of “cancer villages.” The environmental ministry published a report that acknowledges the public health threat caused by toxic chemicals and hazardous smog. Chinese officials announced a five-year plan to deal with the harmful effects of air and water pollution.



china cancer villages, china health issues, china pollution, water and air pollution china, china hazardous smog, china industrial waste, pollution-linked cancer, environmental destruction

Growing industrial waste, chemical materials and hazardous smog have caused environmental emergencies linked to water and air pollution throughout China, resulting in serious health issues in some regions of the country. First reports of the existence of “cancer villages” date back to 2009 when investigative journalist Degn Fei published a map of China’s villages with cancer rates higher than normal. According to the map, over 100 villages in 27 provinces registered numerous cases of health and social problems related to cancer.

The Chinese government has avoided acknowledge the link between pollution and high cancer mortality rates. The government’s new environmental report is likely to be the first that uses the term “cancer village,” perhaps signaling a change.

The Ministry’s report entitled, “Guard against and control risks presented by chemicals to the environment during the 12th Five-Year period (2011-2015),” doesn’t elaborate on the problem and provides no technical definition of a “cancer village.” However, it recognizes the existence of “cancer villages,” which is, according to the country’s leading environmentalist Ma Jun, the first step in dealing with environmental and health consequences of years of rapid growth.

Via Huffington Post

Photos from Wikimedia Commons

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >