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Cancer incidence on the rise in GCC: report

posted on 26/06/2003: 960 views

The total incidence of cancer cases registered among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries during 1999 was 8,342 (Male 4181: Female 4161) and the male to female ratio was 101:100. According to a report released recently by the Gulf Centre for Cancer Registration (GCCR), the number of malignant cancer cases in the UAE in 1999 was 270 cases with 132 (48 per cent) males and 138 (51.1per cent) females while in Bahrain there were 407 cases with the ratio being 102:100, Saudi Arabia 6,201 with 101:100, Oman 878 with 116:100, Qatar 143 with male to female ratio at 107:100 while the reported cases in Kuwait were 443 at the ratio of 70:100, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.”

The Age Standardised Rate (ASR) per 100,000 during the same year was high in Bahrain (male 180.2:female 162.6) followed by Qatar (male 160.2:female 144.9) in both sexes, while in females the highest incidence was also in Bahrain (male 180.2:female 162.6) followed by Qatar (male 160.2:female 144.9) in both sexes, said the report, which is the second annual report published by the GCCR and the only incidence document for a group of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. It noted that a male preponderance was observed in all the AGCC countries except UAE and Kuwait.

The report mentioned that cancer is becoming an increasingly important issue for developing and developed countries alike, with almost two-thirds of the cases arising in developing countries where resources for treatment and prevention are scarce. Quoting statistics of the WHO, the report said 300 million new cases of cancer and 200 million deaths caused by the disease will occur globally in the next 25 years. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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