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Breast and stomach cancer on the increase in Oman

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Some 979 cancer cases were recorded in the national cancer register of Oman last year. A report published by the non-communicable disease control section of the department of health revealed that the most common forms of cancer in 2000 were cancer of the stomach among men and breast cancer among women. Among males, stomach cancer accounted for 11.8% of all cancer cases. Breast cancer accounted 16.4% of all cancer cases among women. Both ovarian cancer and leukaemia have also been on the increase over the past five years. The crude incidence rates for all cancers was 50.5 per 100,000 of the male population and 48.6 per 100,000 of the female population, reports the Oman Daily Observer.

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