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0108-EXCESS FEMALE CANCER IN MALAYSIA

Tahir Azhar, Omar H Kasule, Syed Hassan Al-Mashour, Aziz Baba, Gerard Lim, Fuad Ismail, Hooi Lai Ngoh, Zarihah Md Zain. Abstract written for the 35th Malaysia-Singapore Congress of Medicine held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur 22-26 August 2001 by Prof Omar Hasan Kasule, Faculty of Medicine, UIA, PO Box 141 Kuantan, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

The paper presents results of analysis of 1077 cancer cases registered in one year from a population of over 1.0 million in 2 districts from each of three states in Malaysia (Penang, Pahang, and Sarawak). Crude female incidence was nearly 30% above the male rate. The difference was consistent in all districts studied. This finding is at variance with many other studies reported in the international literature in which male cancers tend to predominate mainly due to the contribution of lung cancer. The paper presents a detailed analysis to identify the possible factors of excess female cancer incidence

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