Gaza, ALRAY- At least 9,456 cases of cancer were recorded in the besieged Gaza Strip over the past five years, according to data published Tuesday by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The ministry explained that 3,785 people died from cancer during the same period.
The incidence of cancer has increased from 90 per 100,000 people in 2018 to 93.1 per cent in 2022, the ministry pointed out
According to the ministry, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer type among women in the Gaza Strip, comprising 34.6 per cent of the total cancer cases, followed by thyroid, colorectal, lymphoma, and uterus cancers.
Colorectal and lung cancers are the most common cancer types among men in Gaza, comprising 14.5 and 12.7 per cent of the total cancer cases respectively, followed by prostate cancer, lymphoma, and brain cancers.
However, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the Gaza Strip, accounting for 17 per cent of all cancer mortality, followed by breast cancer (12.8 per cent), colorectal cancer (7 per cent), leukaemia (6.8 per cent) and brain cancer (5.3 per cen).
Over the last five years, 93.9 per cent of all cancer cases in the Gaza Strip were reported among adults and 6.1 per cent among children.
The most commonly diagnosed cancers in children are leukaemia and brain cancer, accounting for 25 and 23.7 per cent respectively, followed by lymphoma cancer (21.3 per cent), bone cancer (9 per cent), and kidney cancer (5.7 per cent).