Residents of the Negev are more likely to get cancer than residents of other areas of Israel, according to Health Ministry figures.
In recent years, the rate of cancer among Negev residents has risen by 40 percent. The number of Negev men with testicular cancer, for example, has risen 2.5 times as fast as the number of men with testicular cancer elsewhere.
Officials suspect that the Ramat Hovev petrochemical site, 12 kilometers south of Beersheba, is a major source of carcinogens that affect the surrounding population.
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