Health Research, Vol. 3, Issue 3, Sep  2019, Pages 23-31; DOI: 10.31058/ 10.31058/

Examining Cancer Prevalence in Africa

, Vol. 3, Issue 3, Sep  2019, Pages 23-31.

DOI: 10.31058/

İlker Etikan 1* , Ogunjesa Babatope 1

1 Biostatistics Department, Faculty of Medicine, Near East University, Nicosia, Turkey

Received: 26 November 2019; Accepted: 29 November 2019; Published: 30 November 2019

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Cancer is one of the major contributors to the global disease burden with a devastating effect on the socio-economic status of any nation. In Africa countries, the rising number of new cases of cancer and the geographical disproportionate pattern has become a challenge to the continent’s public healthcare system. Thus, the study seeks to investigate the trend of cancer on the continent by reviewing previous works of literature and by examining the challenges surrounding the scourge of this disease. Inference from the study shows that for effective combat against cancer, different countries on the continent need to commit sufficient resources to cancer care and encourage early screening procedures in order to reduce the late presentation of the diseases which is often the case in many African countries.


Africa, Cancer, Carcinogen, Mortality, Non-Communicable Diseases, Survival


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