Incidence of Childhood Cancers in Benghazi During 1977

Original article


A. Abudejaja, S. L. Malhotra And M. Amanullah Khan

Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 3, No.2. July 1980:13-17


A cancer registry was started in Benghazi in 1977 to assess the magnitude of the problem in the population. The incidence rate of cancer per million in 1977 was found to be 657 in all ages and 204 in children under 15 years of age. In children, male to female ratio was approximately 1.3:1, while in all ages it was 2:1 for cancer cases.
Lymphoma, leukaemia, and nervous system cancer were the pre-dominent types in children. Some rare tumours like Burkitt’s lymphoma and Wilm’s tumour were also identified. Results have been compared with studies in other countries and incidence has been ascertained to be quite high in Benghazi. Further studies are required to get more accurate incidence rates, both in Benghazi and in other parts of the Jamahiriya. As this has been a preliminary report, no association factors have been investigated.

Keywords: Incidence of Childhood Cancers in Benghazi During 1977