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Friday, 15 April 2011

Cancer rates in Turkey to double by 2030

With 229 out of every 1,000 people in Turkey diagnosed with cancer each year, cancer rates will double if the current trends continue according to the head of the department of cancer control at the Ministry of Health.

This year’s "Combating Cancer Week," held the first week of April was dedicated to cancer in women. According to the ministry, breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer makes up half of all the cancer faced by women.

Official figures show that 20,000 cases of breast cancer, 500 cases of cervical cancer, 3,800 cases of ovarian cancer and 4,700 cases of uterine cancer are diagnosed each year in Turkey.
In general, cancer is seen more in men than in women in Turkey and if it continues to increase at this rate, the frequency of cancer will increase twofold by the 2030's, affecting 450 out of every 1,000 people. The most common type of cancer in Turkey is lung cancer, the reason for this is the high rate of cigarette use. Approximately 100,000 people in Turkey die each year from smoking-related diseases.

Second among the causes of death in Turkey, after heart and coronary disease, cancer maintains its central place on the nation's agenda due to fatalities caused by it as well as the high cost of treatment, which lead to severe losses in the labour force and the nation's economy.

The ministry emphasized the contribution of the Early Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Education Centers (KETEM) which engages in prevention and protection and public awareness through education campaigns and the early diagnosis of cancer. KETEMs established in every province are shown as models on a global platform. There are plans to increase the numbers of KETEMs from the current 123 to 280 within the next five years.

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