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Cancer is the second cause of death in Jordan.

According to a recent study, is the second cause of death in . The study was conducted by three Jordanian oncologists and it noted that 14% of recorded deaths in the kingdom, between 1996 and 2005, were due to cancer.

The study reported that 33,661 of individuals in Jordan were identified with cancer between January 1996 and December 2005; among them were 16,981 males and 16,680 females. The study also noted that top five types of cancer reported in males were Lung (10.6%), colorectal (9.8%), leukemia (9.3%), urinary and bladder (8.6%) and prostate cancer (7.4%). Meanwhile, the top five types of cancer in females were Breast (32.0%), colorectal (9.0%), leukemia (6.7%), thyroid (4.9%) and uterine cancer (4.6%).

Dr. Sami Khatib, an oncologists involved in the study, mentioned that it aimed to support the efforts carried out by healthcare officials to develop plans for fighting cancer in Jordan. He said “This is the first comprehensive study on cancer incidence in the country since the National Cancer Registry was established in 1996,” Dr. Khatib noted that the prevalence rates of cancer types between males and females in Jordan are following the same rates recorded in the Arab world, where the main type of cancers recorded are lung and breast in males and females respectively.

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