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‘Colon and rectal cancer cases see increase in Kuwait’

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 6: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Consultant Dr Wafaa Al-Hashash said colon and rectal cancer cases have increased in Kuwait in recent years; indicating “around 3,842 such cases were registered in the country in 2020 according to World Health Organization (WHO) while 1,719 mortalities and 10,885 cancer cases were recorded in the past five years,” reports Al-Jarida daily. On a global scale, WHO statistics show that 10 million deaths were due to cancer with a prediction that around 28.4 million more cancer cases will be diagnosed by 2040.

This means one out of five persons around the world is expected to suffer from cancer during their lifetime, with one out of eight men and one out of 11 women dying of complications from the disease. New estimates indicate that more than 50 million persons will survive five years after having a history of suffering from cancer, Al-Hashash added. Asked about the most prevalent types of cancer, Al-Hashash disclosed that one out of four women have breast cancer; pointing out that colon, womb, lung and thyroid cancers are also common among women.

“Breast cancer constitutes 21 percent of cases in both genders, followed by colon and rectal cancers; while thyroid cases constitute seven percent. In Kuwait, 14 percent of colon and rectal cancer cases were recorded, followed by 13 percent of prostate cancer cases and seven percent lung cancer cases,” she concluded.