BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Thursday revealed that more than 8,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Lebanon, highlighting what he called a “dangerous increase” in the number of cases.
"Cancer cases are increasing in Lebanon... The outbreak of this disease exceeds 8,000 cases a year and this is a scary figure,” the National News Agency quoted Abu Faour as saying during a speech at the Beirut Breast Cancer Conference at the American University of Beirut.
At the summit, Dr. Naji Saghir, a professor of oncology at the AUB Medical Center, said there are “4,000 new cancer cases in men, and 4,000 in women each year, with 1,700 of these women suffering from breast cancer.”
Abu Faour said that ministry is working to make cancer treatment available regardless of the financial costs, adding that there are “tens of Syrian refugees suffering from the disease.”
“Many patients are struggling with the disease on their own, and the suffering is only increasing,” he said.
The minister praised what he said was a “significant improvement in the quality of treatment given to cancer patients.”
In 2014, Abu Faour launched a nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign, which he said would contribute to early detection and better recovery rates.