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Cancers in Arab populations: concise notes
Rapid improvements in the field of health care and dramatic socioeconomic changes resulting in modified lifestyles are believed to have contributed to the increased incidence of cancers in Arab populations. For example, the UAE is experiencing a continually increasing proportion of cancer burden, imposing itself as the third leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases and accidents. Very preliminary data from the CTGA (Catalogue for Transmission Genetics in Arabs) database for genetic disorders in Arab populations indicate the presence of at least 55 cancer types in Arab people (Table 1). Although these types of cancers vary with regard to their incidence and frequency, strong indicators show clearly that cancers of the lung and prostate are the most common among males whereas breast and thyroid cancers are the most common among females in the region (reviewed in reference 4).
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