|Title:||Geographic epidemiology in a small area: cancer incidence in Baakline, Lebanon, 2000-2008|
|Abstract:||Aggregate data of the National Cancer Registry in Lebanon cannot discriminate cancer incidence in small areas. Trained community members surveyed the permanent population of the Baakline municipality using the verbal autopsy approach. We surveyed 1042 households with at least 1 member living permanently In Baakline during 2000-2008. Data covered 4330 persons yielding 34143 years of observation and 56 new cases of cancer were reported. Median age at diagnosis varied significantly between men [77 years] and women [56 years]. The most common types were lung cancer [20%] followed by colorectal [12.5%] and breast [9%]. Estimated crude cancer incidence rate was164 cases/100 000 persons/year, significantly higher in men  than women , and much lower overall than the national figure . The permanent Baakline population Is older than that of Lebanon itself, yet the cancer Incidence rate is markedly lower than the national figure. This finding pleads for serious efforts to preserve the low environmental | contamination and the healthy lifestyles In food and tobacco abstinence that have protected the population so far|
|Description:||320 - 326|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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