Cancer in the global health era: Opportunities for the middle east and Asia

Subhojit Dey, Amr S. Soliman

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The global burden of cancer is rising with almost 70% of cancer cases being in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).The Middle East and Asia have two thirds of the world's population and the largest regional concentration of LMICs. Because of massive demographic and epidemiologic transitions, cancer mortality is projected to increase substantially in these populations. Lung cancer among men and breast cancer among women are the most prominent cancer sites in both the Middle East and Asia. Enhanced tobacco control and managing obesity are the most important measures for effective control of most cancers. However, detailed research is required within each population to best identify risk factors and to develop evidence-based methods for cancer prevention. International collaborations are an essential step in facilitating this process, because it can improve cancer registries, create robust infrastructure, improve skills of personnel and lead to effective cancer control and prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75S-82S
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010


  • Asia
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • LMICs
  • Middle East
  • cancer
  • developing countries
  • global health
  • international collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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