News Middle East27 Jan 2021

Egypt:Cancer rates seen as rising

| 27 Jan 2021

Cancer incidence rates are increasing in Egypt with an overall average annual increase of 6.5%, according to data provided by international healthcare benefits management company GlobeMed. Egypt sees an average of around 362 new cancer cases per 100,000 persons.

In a statement, GlobeMed says that it recognises the importance of spreading awareness about the prevention and early detection of cancer. As part of these efforts, GlobeMed conducted exhaustive research about cancer in Egypt based on its experience and the information available to GlobeMed Egypt.

The study analysed data from GlobeMed Egypt’s portfolio covering the six years from 2014 to 2019.

Types of cancers

The findings are that around 20% of all new cancer cases occur in the blood and lymphatic system, followed by the digestive system and breast at about 17% each. Those three locations account for more than 54% of all cancer cases in GlobeMed Egypt's experience.

Female population

Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in women and overall representing one in every six cases. Leukaemia comes in second place followed by lymphoma, colon cancer, brain & nervous system.

Male population

Leukaemia tops the list of cancers most likely to occur among males below 40 years of age, while colon and prostate cancers top the list after the age of 60. Other types of cancer are in the lymphatic system, the brain and the nervous system appearing in males between 20 & 50 years of age.

This study shows that the increase in cancer cases might be due to the increase in the early detection tests as a result of increased awareness programmes about cancer.


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