325,000 cancer patients still work


An estimated 325,000 people in Japan are working while undergoing cancer treatment, the health ministry said Monday.

Based on a 2010 poll, the estimate was reported at a meeting of the ministry’s panel on support for working cancer sufferers.

The total consists of some 140,000 men, including 61,000 in their 60s and 34,000 in their 50s, and 180,000 women, including 70,000 in their 50s and 50,000 in their 40s.

According to the ministry, the five-year survival rate for people with cancer has risen to about 60 percent. At the same time, 34 percent of people who are diagnosed with the disease quit their jobs.

In its basic plan on cancer treatment and support for people with cancer that was adopted last year, the government added the goal of building a society in which people can live peacefully even if after they develop cancer.