Health Minister Jamil Jabak speaks at an anti-smoking campaign organized by the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Beirut, May 31, 2019. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Lebanon has one of the highest rates of lung and bladder cancer in the world, Health Minister Jamil Jabak announced Friday while speaking at an anti-smoking campaign organized by the Hotel Dieu Hospital. Jabak said he had been briefed on 2018 cancer statistics by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which showed that Lebanon's lung and bladder cancer rates have tripled from previous years.Although the minister did not go into detail on the statistics during the event, a fact sheet for Lebanon published this month by the IARC's Global Cancer Observatory shows that out of the 17,294 new cancer cases reported in 2018, the three highest instances in the country were breast cancer (3,219), bladder cancer (1,820) and lung cancer (1,641 cases).Speaking during the anti-smoking campaign, Jabak attributed the high cancer rates to an increase in pollution in Lebanon.
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