Burden of Cancer in North Sudan: A community-based Survey

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

2 College of Medical Laboratory Science, Sudan University of Science & Technology & Department of medical laboratory, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Taibah University, KSA

3 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kordofan, Sudan & University of Hail, KSA

4 Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Elneelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

5 Department of Histopathology and Cytology, Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan


Objective: The aim of this study was to verify the approximate epidemiology of cancer burden in the adults' population of North Sudan.
Methodology: A cross-sectional survey among 1200 individuals was performed. A purposeful form was used to collect cancer-related data.
Results: About 865 participants had responded. Out of 865 respondents, 346(41.1%) had relatives with cancer. The most frequent mentioned cancers were breast, leukemia, colon, prostate, oral, lung, cervix and stomach, representing, 24.8%, 17%, 15%, 14.6%, 14.3%, 13.9%, 10.6% and 9.6%, respectively.
Conclusion: The prevalence of cancer was higher among adults population in North Sudan. The full burden of cancer in Sudan remains mysterious, since there no effective cancer registry in the country