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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 09 June 2018
22 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Hodgkin lymphoma worryingly common in Greece Greece has the highest occurrence rates of the disease in the world According to a new global cancer study covering 195 countries over the period 1990-2016 published in the American Medical Association’s monthly journal JAMA Oncology this week, Greece appears to have the highest numbers of Hodgkin lymphoma per capita in the world. The incidence rate of lymphocyte cancer in Greece was 5.3 per 100,000 people at the same time the worldwide average was one new case per 100,000 people. Even though most new incidents of the disease's occurrence were recorded in Greece, Afghanistan is the country with the highest death rates from Hodgkin's lymphoma with 2.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Meanwhile, the study solidifies previous finds pointing towards lung and colon cancers being the leading causes of cancer death worldwide, closely followed by skin cancer, while breast cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in women. According to American Journal of Oncology researchers these cancers are closely associated with people's lifestyle and attitudes and have shown an increasing trend over the last decade. Overall there were 8.9 million recorded deaths due to cancer between 2006 and 2016 showing a reduction in cancer mortality, but a worrying 28 per cent increase in incidence rate compared to 10 years ago. PHOTO: DREAMSTIME Tsakalotos throws cold water on changes to pension cuts Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos has dashed hopes of any renegotiation of bailout measures next year, including pension cuts, ahead of a submission of a bill to Parliament which listed the actions Greece must complete before its final bailout review. Tsakalotos said at a cabinet briefing on Tuesday that the time was not right to discuss the issue. He also said the unpopular ENFIA property tax would see an increase in taxes for 15 per cent of property owners. The ruling SYRIZA had promised to scrap the tax before the 2015 election, though Tsakalotos has insisted that 67 per cent of owners would not see any increase in property taxes. The bill is tipped to be fast-tracked for parliamentary debate early next week ahead of the 21 June Eurogroup when the Greek government is hoping to see progress made on debt relief. Greece continues, an obstacle to starting a family Impact of financial crisis in Despite notable improvements to the economy, the effects of the crisis are still widespread and deterring many young Greeks from starting a family PHOTO: AP/GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT Despite headlines being more optimistic than ever about the state of Greece's economy in the last eight years, the effects of the financial crisis are still being felt, namely by young people looking to start a family of their own. In an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), Eleni*, 33, and her partner, 32, revealed that despite their stable relationship of four years, and both being employed, albeit part-time in Eleni's case, that they only moved out of their parents' homes four months ago. "We cannot take the next step with my partner, though we would like to," Eleni said. "We took a two-room house without our parents pushing us out. On the contrary, they urged both of us to live with our respective families until we decided to have a child. But it is difficult for us even now to have a child." Nikos, 36, said that he had moved back in with his parents in a bid to cut down on expenses in order to keep his small business afloat. Meanwhile Dimitris has a similar experience. With his parents having retired to their village, he returned to live in his parents' home in Patisia, Athens. Asked whether he would like to start a family, the 45-year-old replied, "A family? I'm probably too old for that. And still, I don't know if I could cope with the demands." This is a similar concern for many young Greeks claims Alexandra Tragaki, a professor of Economic Demography at Harokopio University. She went as far as to call it a "phenomenon", citing financial insecurity as a root fear of these young people scared to start their own families. "There is a pervasive climate of pessimism that tells us a lot about the phenomenon," Professor Tragaki said. "In our country, young people have always left their parents' homes later than in other European countries. But the crisis made things worse. And that should not surprise us. Employment and financial security are key factors in creating a family." Until the right policies are in place, and an adequate economic and social environment develops, young people are unlikely to feel good about embarking on the next chapter of their lives she said. *Surnames witheld.
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