Three in four cancer cases in Qatar are expatriates

September 29, 2010

Three in four cancer cases in Qatar are expatriates, the local media have reported.

“The number of cancer cases reported in Qatar in 2009 was 756. Out of these cases, 562 patients were expatriates and 194 were nationals,” Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Wednesday.

The figure seemed consistent with the number of foreigners who make up three quarters of the total population.

Out of the total, 141 cases were those of breast cancer and 73 of colon and prostate cancer.

The first cancer case was reported in Qatar in 1987 and the number of patients has been increasing. At least 200 cancer cases are reported in the country every year.

Some 700 women were tested for breast cancer in 2008 and 2009 and only six of them were found to have the disease in the early stages. Only one of them was administered chemotherapy while the others were cured with the help of medicine, the paper said.





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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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