Cancer Incidence Among Syrian Refugees in Turkey, 2012-2015


GÖKTAŞ B., YILMAZ S., GÖNENÇ İ. M., AKBULUT Y., Sozuer A.

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION AND INTEGRATION, vol.19, no.2, pp.253-258, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

Abstract

According to the Turkish government reports, 2,764,500 registered Syrian refugees are living in Turkey either in refugee camps or freely. In this work, we investigated the cancer incidence among Syrian refugees settled in Turkey between the years of 2012-2015. We carried out a retrospective study of 38,243 refugees with cancer by obtaining data from Ministry of Health, Institution of Public Hospitals in Turkey from 2012 to 2015. The data includes age, type of cancer, years, and region. A statistical analysis was performed on the data collected using the SPSS 20.0 software and the results were formulated. Data were analyzed also by age and years. The mean age of the Syrian refugees was 42.63 +/- 20.74. When we analyzed the data, the most common types were breast (28.21%), lymphoid leukemia (8.11%), colon (6.57%), Hodgkin's lymphoma (4.87%), brain (3.51%), myeloid leukemia (3.23%), and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (2.80%) among all refugees respectively. Our data showed that cancer types among Syrian refugees are generally similar with the Turkish and world cancer records.