Management in Health, Vol 18, No 3 (2014)

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BURDEN OF CANCER IN NORTH SUDAN: A Community-based Survey

Hussain Gadelkarim AHMED, Mazin Abdulrahman DOUMI, Mohmmed Madani ELTYBE, Tagreed Ahmed MAHMOUD, Syda Omer EBNOOF

Abstract


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to verify the approximate epidemiology of cancer burden in the adults' population of North Sudan.

METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional survey among 1200 individuals was performed. A purposeful form was used to collect cancer-related data.

RESULTS: About 865 participants had responded. Out of 865 respondents, 346(41.1%) had relatives with cancer. The most frequent mentioned cancers were breast, leukemia, colon, prostate, oral, lung, cervix and stomach, representing, 24.8%, 17%, 15%, 14.6%, 14.3%, 13.9%, 10.6% and 9.6%, respectively. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of cancer was higher among adults population in North Sudan. The full burden of cancer in Sudan remains mysterious, since there no effective cancer registry in the country.

 

Keywords: Cancer, Sudan, Relatives, Breast, Leukemia

 


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