Israel has one of the lowest prostate cancer death rates in the world
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Men in Israel have one of the highest survival rates against prostate cancer compared to other countries in the world.
The country’s health ministry announced this week that Israel’s death rate from the disease is one of the lowest in the world, standing at 143, according to the Jerusalem Post. Additionally, data released by the agency noted that Arab men overall are less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
However, Israel’s incidence rate, or how quickly the disease occurs in a population, is ranked 58th in the world.
The agency relied on data from the latest Israel Cancer Registry figures from 2019, which showed 2,493 men were diagnosed with invasive prostate cancer. Of those diagnosed, the overwhelming majority were Jewish, accounting for 94.5%, and only 5% were Arab.
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A similar trend continued to appear in data from people living in Israel who were diagnosed with cancer between 2015 and 2019. Of the 10,725 cases, more than 10,000 were Jews, while Arabs accounted for just 602 cases. .
Despite the low risk of death, prostate cancer remains the most common cancer among men in Israel, as well as the fourth most common cancer in terms of mortality. The number of Israeli men who died of cancer in 2019 was 493, with most deaths occurring after the age of 75.
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From 1996 to 2019, Israel saw a significant reduction in death rates, while most of the deaths that occurred had an average age of 81 for Jewish men and 77 for Arab men. The Department of Health released these results towards the end of September, which is World Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
In terms of prostate cancer risk factors, family history of disease, genetic mutations and age are the main contributors. However, certain lifestyle choices such as smoking, diet, and glandular inflammation may play a role.
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