Nearly 40,000 Moroccans are diagnosed with cancer each year, reported the ministry in a press release on Tuesday. Breast cancer accounts for 36 percent of all cancer cases among female patients, making it the most common form of cancer among women.
This is followed by cervical cancer which accounts for 11.2 percent, thyroid cancer (8.6 percent), and colorectal cancer (5.9 percent).
Lung cancer, the more common form of cancer for men, accounts for 22 percent of all cases followed by prostate cancer at 12.6 percent and colorectal cancer at 7.9 percent.
The report also discusses plans to address cancer, such as creating nine regional centers for cancer treatment in Rabat, Casablanca, Agadir, Jeddah, Al Hoceima, Tangier, Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes. As well, it has planned two “centers of excellence” for women specialized in oncology and two tumor treatment centers for children in Rabat and Casablanca.
The number of medication for cancer patients has also increased in Morocco from 11 million medicine in 2009 to 300 million, while more than 200,000 cancer patients get their treatment.
The Ministry of Health also highlighted the importance of the early detection of cancer, which makes it easier for patients to heal, reduces suffering, and increases the possibility of recovery.