The risk of contracting cancer in Israel has grown considerably over the past decade, according to a Health Ministry report released yesterday.
The report, released to coincide with World Cancer Day on Friday, states that the increased risk of cancer in Israel stems from an unhealthy lifestyle, pollution and radiation.
Health Ministry data show that there is a cumulative risk that one in every 2.5 Jewish men will contract cancer from birth to the age of 90. According to the last data reported in 2003, the risk was one in three.
Among women, the risk of cancer remains unchanged: one out of three women will contract cancer during their lifetime.
But the most significant rise in cancer risk has been in the Arab sector: The risk of breast cancer has almost doubled among women, to 8 percent of the adult population, and the risk of colon cancer in the Arab sector has also doubled, to 4 percent.
Over all, one out of every three men and one out of every four women in the Arab sector is at risk of cancer sometime in their life.
In specific age groups, the data states that among people aged 30 to 39, one out of 141 men is at risk of cancer, and among women, the risk is one in 49. The risk rises with age: At age 70 and above, one out of 4.5 men is at risk of cancer and one out of six women.
In the Jewish population, there has been a slight decline in the risk of breast cancer among women, to 12 percent of the adult population. However, the risk of prostate cancer has risen by 30 percent, and the risk of lung cancer by about 10 percent.
According to Health Ministry statistics there are 200,000 cancer patients in Israel, and 28,000 new patients each year.
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