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Jamaicans aged 30-64 now more likely to die from cancer

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 5:58 PM

The latest edition of the Economic and Social Survey has shown that the unconditional probability of Jamaicans dying from cancer between ages 30 and 64 has gone up by 100 per cent.

The document prepared by the Planning Institute of Jamaica says preliminary data from the health ministry show that the unconditional probability of persons dying from cancer between those ages moved from seven per cent in 2010 to 14.5 per cent in 2013.

An unconditional probability is the independent chance that a single outcome results from a sample of possible outcomes.

The survey says breast and cervical cancer were the most common causes of death by cancers among females. For males it was prostate cancer.

The survey says total deaths by cancers for 2015 was 3,621.