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Are cancer cases on the increase in Zimbabwe?

Data from the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry (ZNCR), which collates cancer data in the country, shows cases have increased over the past decade. 

In 2009, a total of 3,519 new cancer cases were recorded in Zimbabwe. Cases rose to 6,548 in 2013 and 7,265 in 2016. In 2018, according to a report by the Anadolou News agency, citing ZNCR, 9,220 cases of cancer were recorded.

However, a separate report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation, says Zimbabwe recorded 17,465 new cases of cancer in 2018.

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