Local cancer association establishes melanoma branch

Source: Shine Beyond a Single Story, October 2020

The Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association set up a melanoma branch on Friday in order to improve clinical capabilities and raise public awareness on the disease, which has a high mortality rate due to lack of unified guidelines and treatment standards in China.

Melanoma is the world’s fastest-growing cancer type, with patient numbers rising by 3 to 5 percent annually. In China, there are over 8,000 new cases every year.

Though incidence in China is far lower than that of Western countries, the five-year survival rate in China is only 65 percent, while it is 80 percent in developed countries.