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Study: The incidence of lung and breast cancer triples in Jordan

Amman (INA) - The latest international study, which agreed with the numbers of the Jordanian National Cancer Registry, showed that breast cancer among women and lung cancer among men still contribute to the largest number of new cases of cancer and deaths from cancer in Jordan. The new study, which was published in the journal JAMA ONCOLOGY and published by the Jordanian media on Thursday under the title The Global Burden of Cancer in 2013 AD, revealed that the number of new cases of lung cancer among Jordanian men more than doubled between 1990 AD, as a base year, and 2013 AD, as a comparison year. While the incidence of breast cancer among women increased more than three times for the same period of time. The study, prepared by an international team of researchers in coordination with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said: Cases of lung cancer among men in Jordan in 2013 amounted to 313 cases, compared to 139 cases in 1990, compared to 986 cases of breast cancer among women. In the comparison year, 280 cases were recorded in the base year adopted for the study. For his part, the head of the National Cancer Registry Unit in the Jordanian Ministry of Health, Dr. Omar Al-Nimri, said: The cases recorded in Jordan are in actual numbers and not estimates, as stated in the study of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which adopted the GloboCan program. He added: The numbers of the institute’s study are close. Breast and lung cancer numbers and the increase in the percentage of cases over the years for the time period 1990 - 2010 AD. Dr. Al-Nimri confirmed that the numbers of the Jordanian National Cancer Registry date back to the year 1996, as the registry was established in that year. According to the study, the Director of the Middle East Initiatives at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and a co-author of the study, Dr. Ali Miqdad, said that cancer is still an imminent threat to human health. In Jordan and around the world, the numbers of deaths and new cases of lung cancer are at alarmingly high levels among men. Dr. Al-Nimri explained that the study numbers are exaggerated and do not reflect the reality of the situation shown by the National Cancer Registry numbers, as the annual death rate from cancer in Jordan ranges between 2-5 percent for all types of cancer except breast cancer, which is 19-20 percent, lung, and colon cancer. From 7 to 8 percent. He pointed out that the Jordanian national registry began in 2004 by registering cancer as a direct cause of death. The study stated, quoting Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, that the most effective strategies for treating cancer are those that are developed to suit local needs, and data for each individual country may help in developing policies aimed at reducing the effects of cancer now and in the future. . (End) M A / H P

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