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Cancer prevention and control in Eastern Mediterranean region

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:860
  1. Salman Rawaf, director of public health (,
  2. Elizabeth Dubois, public health economist,
  3. Oussama M N Khatib, regional adviser for non-communicable diseases,
  4. Sherif Omar, professor of surgical oncology
  1. Wandsworth Primary Care Trust, London SW17 7DG
  2. Wandsworth Primary Care Trust, London SW17 7DG
  3. World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Region, Cairo, Egypt
  4. National Cancer Institute, University of Cairo, Cairo

    EDITOR—In the Eastern Mediterranean region (population 492 million) cancer is the fourth most common killer with about half a million new cases a year.1 2 Lung, liver, and bladder cancer are commonest among men and breast cancer among women, the highest rates among Jewish women.3

    World Health Organization modelling shows that over the next 15 years the increase in cancer incidence in the region will outstrip that in any other region (figure).4

    Predicted increase in …

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