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Reports Saying Cancer Cases in Lebanon are Increasing

BeirutBetween 2002 and 2007, number of new cases in increased by 5% annually. El Nashra news website reported “The increase can be partially attributed to improvements in methods of registering patients, and to the new inclusion by the Health Ministry of non-melanoma skin cancer into the figures, after it began to be treated along with other cancers”.

According to El Nashra, there has been a lack of reliable data about cancer rates in Lebanon since 2006, when the ministry stopped releasing its annual cancer report as it provided “inaccurate information” The website reported that the Health Ministry provides free treatments for more than 50% of cancer patients.

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