Epidemiologic Profile of the Stomach Cancers in Morocco

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this study was to estimate the proportion of stomach cancer and to determine linked risk factors. Methods: A retrospective study on available data in three oncology centers was performed. Random systematic selection was conducted among all patients registered over four years (2008-2011). Results: A total of 1145 cancer cases were included. Stomach cancer was more prevalent in men (sex ratio M/F = 2.5). This cancer was significantly more frequent in the age group between 51 and 70 years (p = 0.02), in smokers (p = 0.04), and in alcohol consumers (p = 0.04). Conclusion: This retrospective study highlights that even if the incidence of stomach cancer has declined over the last two decades in many countries, this cancer is still a serious public health problem in Morocco. Other prospective studies to identify other risk factors are highly recommended to adjust health strategies in our country.

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Obtel, M. , Nejjari, C. , Zidouh, A. , Belakhel, L. , Bendahhou, K. , El Menzhi, O. , Pelissier, S. and Bekkali, R. (2014) Epidemiologic Profile of the Stomach Cancers in Morocco. Open Access Library Journal, 1, 1-7. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1100555.

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