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Cancer is a reality in Madagascar as in all developing countries. Although the incidence is the same as in rich countries but the problem is more worrying because resources for support are very limited. It is therefore necessary to optimize these resources. There is one throughout Madagascar referral center for cancer. But all doctors and health workers have a role to play in the management of cancer, either in the education of the public to conduct "anti-cancer" or by the screening or diagnosis, or in orientation of patients, in monitoring and palliative treatments. Madagascar has only seven doctors treating cancer in this center.
In Madagascar, there are a predominance of cancer in women: breast cancer and cancer of the cervix. Last year there were 1137 cases with 231 men and 906 women. According to statistics by the Oncology Service of the University Hospital of Antananarivo 48% of women are affected in breast cancer and 27% in the cervix.

0-10 28 2.46%

11-20 51 4.48%

21-30 1O7 9.41%

31-40 168 14.77%

41-50 268 25.15%

51-60 290 25.50%

61-70 151 13.28%

71-80 48 4.21%

81-90 8 0.70%

TOTAL: 1137 99.96%

Note that these figures do not represent the reality in Madagascar, 70% of patients come from Antananarivo and the surrounding area. Moreover, the failure of the treatment device has led to a drop in attendance from the center compared to previous years. According to IARC-WHO project taking into account population and risk factors, the incidence of cancer in Madagascar would be 18,000 new cases per year.


Adepeju's picture

Eye popping statistics.

Eye popping statistics. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Was only just thinking of how rampant cancer had become over the years.

zacyrus's picture


thank you for reading at my article. we have important roles in the fight against cancer, especially for women.

Breese's picture

Thank you for bringing up

Thank you for bringing up this important issue!

zacyrus's picture

it's important

thank you for taking part article because cancer is a reality that requires the mobilization of all.

Stella Paul's picture

What about the treatment?

Thanks very much for throwing light on this issue. I am curious to know what is the government doing to tackle this? Is there a special health policy for women? How do women with cancer avail the treatment?

Thanks in advance for that information!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

zacyrus's picture

It's unfortunate

I thank you for interest in this subject. In Madagascar, there is still no national policy to fight against cancer. Recently, our president said that the transition will be built an hospital for the cancer patients. I hope he will keep his promise.
the month of July, Madagascar has hosted an international meeting on cancer thanks to an initiative of a foundation run by billionaire families in the country. After finding, she decided to create a specialized center for the treatment of this disease.
As for women cancer, there is no specific measure. patients must pay for treatment that costs at about 1000 euros per week. We know that the Malagasy population is included in the three poorest country in the world, imagine the difficulties faced by cancer patients. This situation deserves a great reflexionau level of our leaders, unfortunately, is not their prioroté. In what concerns the time the powers that be is partisan politics.

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