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What do the most recent health indicators show?
What do the most recent health indicators show?
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Does the current social welfare system provide any provisions for the growing aging population?
What opportunities and services are available to the disabled in Taiwan?
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What do the most recent health indicators show?
Impressive gains in the health of the general population have been made in Taiwan over the past 40 years. The life expectancy for men jumped from 57.41 years in 1952 to 75.9 years in 2012, while for women, it increased from 60.26 years to 82.5 years. Furthermore, the crude death rate dropped from 18.15 per 1,000 persons in 1947 to 5.68 in 2000, and the infant mortality rate dropped from 44.71 per 1,000 live births in 1952 to 6.9 in 2000. These figures reflect the longer lives that the people in the Taiwan area have due to better health care.
Cancer was the highest ranked cause of death in the country last year, according to Department of Health’s (DOH) 2012 annual survey, with one person dying of cancer every 13 minutes and 10 seconds.
Of the 142,240 people in Taiwan who died last year, about 28% (39,917 people) died of cancer, the department said yesterday.
Lung cancer accounted for most cancer deaths, followed by cancers of the liver, colon and rectum, breast, stomach, mouth, prostate, esophagus, pancreas, and cervix.
Aside from cancer, other major causes of death include heart disease (10.6%), cerebrovascular disease (7.3%), pneumonia (5.9%), diabetes (5.8%), accident (5.2%), chronic respiratory disease (3.5%), chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (3.5%), suicide (2.9%), and nephritis, nephritic syndrome, and nephrosis (2.8%).