12 Oct 2006

Cancer key death cause in CNMI

2:31 pm on 12 October 2006

In the Northern Marianas, a visiting medical doctor from Hawaii says cancer remains the territory's second most common cause of death.

Dr Neal Palafox of the University of Hawaii told a seminar that cancer affecting the lungs, breasts, cervix, colon, head and neck are major causes of death in the CNMI.

Statistics show that, from 1993 to 2002, there were 146 cases of breast cancer in the CNMI.

Dr Palafox also says there were also 71 cases of cervical cancer in the same period.

On the causes of cancer, Dr Palafox says tobacco use among teenagers in the CNMI is twice compared to the rate in the U.S. mainland.