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Dubai health authority claims 85% of children with leukaemia survive

01 March 2012

Dubai Health Authority has said up to 60 new cases of cancer in children are reported in Dubai each year of which majority are leukaemia (blood cancer) cases, Khaleej Times has reported. Due to improved treatment and better care today, 85% of children with leukaemia survive, said Dr Abdulrahman Mohammad Al Jassmi, Head of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Dubai Hospital. "Fortunately, cancer incidents in the Arab world are not as high (80 to 100 cases per 100,000) as in the West where 400 cases per 100,000 people are reported," said the doctor. Leukaemia makes up 45% of all cancers in children followed by lymphoma and brain tumours.

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