Chinese officials are now admitting the existence of "cancer villages" in areas where pollution and environmental degradation have resulted in cancer rates far above normal.
According to Chinese business magazine Caijing, Chinese officials
with the Ministry of Environment Protection confirmed the existence of
cancer villages in a statement announcing plans to alleviate pollution
and its harmful side effects.
“The toxic chemicals have caused many environmental emergencies
linking to water and air pollutions,” the Ministry announced. “There are
even some serious cases of health and social problems like the
emergence of cancer villages in individual regions.”
Mainland China’s cancer rates have been surging since the 1990’s,
becoming the nation’s biggest cause of death. In 2010, an investigative
journalist and environmental activist, Deng Fei, posted a widely circulated map
of China’s cancer villages. Deng Fei was able to map out over 100
cancer villages, covering 27 provinces. Research by other academics and
news organizations suggests that a more realistic estimate would be
upwards of 400.