Algeria will build a national cancer institute in Oran and an additional 14 cancer treatment centres to tackle the increasing number of cancer cases in the country.

About 30,000 to 35,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Algeria, with 80% of them diagnosed in the late stages of the disease, according to

Because of a lack of existing cancer treatment locations in the country, around 13,000 of these patients end up waiting for up to a year for the treatment, according to official statistics.

Following the completion of the project, Algeria will have 17 cancer treatment locations.

The Oran institute will begin operations in 2011 while the other treatment centres are scheduled to be complete by 2012.