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Incidence of Malignant Neoplasm in Ozamiz City, Philippines

Merry Jane Q. Paye1, Anisa A. Pazaulan1, Leandra C. Quiber1, Jofimae Marie G. Romero2, Jezreel Marc A. Pasay2, Marie Rosellynn C. Enguito3

The term malignant neoplasm or cancer results from an abnormal and uncontrolled cell division. Despite the innovative development in the diagnosis and treatment options regarding cancer, it still remains one of the most undiagnosed and neglected diseases especially in areas with poor socioeconomic status. Cancer cases in Northern Mindanao rise but no definitive figure of percentage of cases is disclosed. It is the purpose of this study to determine the incidence of malignant neoplasms in Ozamiz City, Philippines. Documentary analysis was done to determine the cancer cases recorded from the year 2000-2014 in one tertiary hospital in the city. This hospital is the only healthcare center that performs biopsy. The data gathered showed that breast cancer in women had the highest incidence in Ozamiz City. In men, prostate cancer and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had the most cases recorded. Most malignant neoplasm cases were found in the ages between 48- 67 years old in both males and females. The results of this study serve as a guide/baseline data for clinicians, researchers, and the health authorities in implementing or establishing cancer control related programs. This study can also pave way to more research about cancer in the future.

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