The latest statistics on cancer frequency shows the incidence of the deadly disease is lower in Turkey than in the European Union and the United States, a success authorities tie to effective policy measures.
Murat Gültekin, head of the Health Ministry's Cancer Department, says the figures cover the past five years and show only 250 males out of 100,000 people and 171 women out of 100,000 women are diagnosed with cancer in Turkey. Drawing comparisons to European Union countries and the United States, Gültekin said this number was 314 and 243 for males and females in EU countries respectively and 342 males and 297 females for the United States, pointing to Turkey's success. Gültekin said the low figures were the result of preventive measures against cancer, a wider awareness in public and a prevalence of early diagnosis through the regular scanning of patients.
About 175,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in one year according to the statistics and two thirds of newly diagnosed cases are men. Gültekin underlines the cancer frequency is lower compared to countries more developed than Turkey. "Particularly, cancer development rates among males in cases related to tobacco (and cigarette) consumption saw a decrease," he says. Turkey is one of the few countries combating smoking effectively by implementing a widespread ban and efforts to curb smoking by helping addicts. The World Health Organization (WHO) has placed Turkey among seven countries in the world imposing effective measures in tobacco control or efforts to decrease consumption of tobacco products.
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