Increasing Concerns Regarding Cancer in Israel

(Monday, October 15th, 2012 07:00 PM)

Health Ministry officials announce that the old statistic that 1 in every 9 women in Israel will contract breast cancer is a thing of the past, and sadly, today that number is 1 out of every 7.5 women. A women living in Eretz Yisrael has a 13% chance of contracting the illness during her lifetime.

Israel ranks fifth in the world for women contracting the disease, but ninth regarding the mortality rate from the cancer.

The announcement was made by ministry officials at a press conference kicking off the Israel Cancer Society annual national fundraising event, which gets underway on Oct. 22, 2012.

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Other statistics released pertaining to the Jewish population of the nation include:


Prostate cancer 21%

Colon & rectum cancer 14%

Lung cancer 10%

Bladder cancer 10%


Breast cancer 31%

Colon & rectum cancer 12%

Lung cancer 6%

Uterus cancer 5%

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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  1. crazykanoiy says:

    Maybe if more Ashkenazim would marry Sefardim it would help diversify the gene pool.

  2. commonsense247 says:

    To comment 1:
    that may be true but it will(or definetly) cause other problems

  3. lazerc says:

    scary, but why? Do Jews have a propensity towards these diseases?

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