Cancer is the third leading cause of death in United Arab Emirates (UAE) following heart disease and accidents, a study has found.
The research, based on UAE reports and statistics on cancers since 1981, attributes the rise in cancer cases to the lack of any national cancer survey programmes.
Social customs that prevent many women from regular medical examination until the disease reaches advanced stages may also have also have contributed, it adds.
Breast cancer was found to be the most common malignancy in women, while prostate cancer was noted as the second most common cancer in men.
Paediatric cancer represented about 9.5% of all cancer cases, with lymphoma accounting for nearly two-thirds of all childhood malignancies.
The study has been published in the official annual report of the Asian-Pacific Organisation for Cancer Prevention in Turkey.