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Title: Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and cancer in the occupied Palestinian territory
Authors: Husseini, Abdullatif
Abu-Rmeileh, Niveen
Mikki, Nahed
Ramahi, Tarik
Abu Ghosh, Heidar
Barghuthi, Nadim
Khalili, Mohammad
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: ResearchGate
Abstract: Heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and cancer are the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the occupied Palestinian territory, resulting in a high direct cost of care, high indirect cost in loss of production, and much societal stress. The rates of the classic risk factors for atherosclerotic disease—namely, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, tobacco smoking, and dyslexia—are high and similar to those in neighboring countries. The urbanization and continuing nutritional change from a healthy Mediterranean diet to an increasingly western-style diet is associated with reduced activity, obesity, and a loss of the protective effect of the traditional diet. Rates of cancer seem to be lower than those in neighbouring countries, with the leading causes of death being lung cancer in Palestinian men and breast cancer in women. The response of society and the health-care system to this epidemic is inadequate. A large proportion of health-care expenditure is on expensive curative care outside the area. Effective comprehensive prevention programes should be implemented, and the health-care system should be redesigned to address these diseases.
Description: Niveen,Abu-Rmeileh:Community and Public Health Nahed,Mikki:Community and Public Health Tarik,Ramahi:Yale University
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