Port-Louis, Mauritius - Cancer is the third main killer disease in Mauritius after diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, accounting for about 12.1 per cent of the total number of deaths in the small island-nation, a PANA correspondent reported from here, quoting official figures. The Mauritian Health Ministry revealed Thursday in the context of the World Cancer Day to be celebrated next Tuesday, that breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women while colorectal cancer is the most common among men in Mauritius.
Acute leukaemia is the most common among children.
According to the Ministry, about 1,400 new cases of cancer are detected every year in the island, killing a thousand people.
The figures reveal also that 58% of the cancers affect women aged between 15 and 60 years as against 40% for the same age group among men.
Several activities, including conferences and sensitization campaigns, are scheduled for next Tuesday throughout the island on the risks, the preventive measures and the myths surrounding the disease.
The Health Ministry said it was important to discuss this disease publicly, to equip health professionals with the necessary tools and the appropriate knowledge to identify the symptoms of cancer and to promote healthy living, a work environment that protects the health of employees and a better collaboration between the public and private sectors in order to prevent this disease.