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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 globally, standing at 143, according to Jerusalem Post. In addition, data released by the agency noted that Arab men in general are less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
However, Israel’s incidence rate, or how quickly the disease occurs in a population, ranks 58th in the world.
The agency relied on data from the latest 2019 Israel Cancer Registry figures, which show that 2,493 men were diagnosed with invasive prostate cancer. Of those diagnosed, the vast majority were Jews, accounting for 94.5%, and only 5% were Arabs.
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A similar trend continued to be shown in the data for people living in Israel who were diagnosed with cancer between 2015 and 2019. Of the 10,725 cases, more than 10,000 were Jewish, while Arabs only accounted for 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 the majority of deaths occurring before the age of 75.
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From 1996 to 2019, Israel saw a significant reduction in death rates, while the majority of deaths that occurred had a median male age of 81 for Jewish men and 77 for Arab men. The Ministry of Health released these findings to the public in late September, which is World Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
In terms of risk factors for prostate cancer, family history of disease, genetic mutations, and age are major contributors. However, certain lifestyle choices, such as tobacco smoking, diet, and swollen glands, may play a role.
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