Oral cancer in Libya and development of regional oral cancer registries: A review

E. BenNasir, M. El Mistiri, R. McGowan, R. V. Katz

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The aims of this paper are three-fold: (1) to summarize the current epidemiological data on oral cancer in Libya as reported in the published literature and as compared to other national oral cancer rates in the region; (2) to present both the history of the early development, and future goals, of population-based oral cancer tumor registries in Libya as they partner with the more established regional and international population-based cancer tumor registries; and, (3) to offer recommendations that will likely be required in the near future if these nascent, population-based Libyan oral cancer registries are to establish themselves as on-going registries for describing the oral cancer disease patterns and risk factors in Libya as well as for prevention and treatment. This comprehensive literature review revealed that the current baseline incidence of oral cancer in Libya is similar to those of other North Africa countries and China, but is relatively low compared to the United Kingdom, the United States, and India. The recently established Libyan National Cancer Registry Program, initiated in 2007, while envisioning five cooperating regional cancer registries, continues to operate at a relatively suboptimal level. Lack of adequate levels of national funding continue to plague its development. . .and the accompanying quality of service that could be provided to the Libyan people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalSaudi Dental Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Cancer registries
  • Health delivery services
  • Libya
  • Literature review
  • Oral cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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