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Muscat: Oman’s National Cancer Registry, one of the main reference resources for information on cancer incidence in Oman and part of the Ministry of Health, has issued its report on cancer incidence for the year 2017.

The report states the total number of tumors registered for the year 2017 in the Sultanate as 2101, of which 1,892 were Omanis, 188 expatriates, and 19 were latent cases found among Omanis. Among the Omanis, the incidence was more among women, accounting for 53.1 per cent, with Omani men at 46.9 per cent. The report also indicates a 6.7 per cent of cancer prevalence among Omani children, aged fourteen and below.

As per global standard, the number of cases among women in the Sultanate reached 1,142 cases per 100,000 of the population, compared to 1,133 cases per 100,000 for males. The National Cancer Registry report also indicated that breast cancer was the most common type of cancer among Omani women, while most men had colorectal cancer, followed by prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

National Cancer Registry was established in 1985 to be used in hospitals as compilation of a database on cancer cases in the Sultanate. The registry monitor trends in cancer cases, and provide researchers and doctors with demographic information on the types and number of cancer cases in the Sultanate. The Ministry of Health has been issuing reports periodically on cancer incidence rates in the Sultanate since 1996.