Cancer claims denied
The Health Ministry has denied that Malta has high cancer rates, saying they are actually the second lowest in Europe.
Reacting to comments made by Labour leader Joseph Muscat, the ministry also said that asthma rates in Marsaxlokk are the lowest in Malta. (Men: 5.7% - national average: 6.8%; Women: 7% - national average: 8.1%).
The ministry said the government was investing heavily in cancer treatment, including the building of a new cancer hospital.
It was also improving air quality by promoting alternative energy, providing more open spaces, incentives for energy-saving systems and modern buses.