2nd Gulf Cancer Conference Kicks-off in Riyadh
March 27, Riyadh
The second Gulf conference on cancer started on Tuesday in the Saudi capital, with the participation of 12 experts representing some international institutions and organizations specialized in cancer treatment.

The three-day conference, which also features 27 Gulf and Saudi experts from different sectors, aims to boost cooperation among several Gulf health institutions on care programs for cancer patients and building national capabilities.

The three-day conference, which also features 27 Gulf and Saudi experts from different sectors, aims to boost cooperation among several Gulf health institutions on care programs for cancer patients and building national capabilities. In a recorded speech during the opening of the congress, Majid al-Fayyad, general supervisor of the general establishment of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, said that GCC health and medical institutions are concerned about increased cancer cases in GCC member states. Most cases are diagnosed in advanced stages, he added, indicating that cancer cases in the Gulf region are expected to double in the next ten years due to change in lifestyle and increased risks of smoking, obesity, inactivity and others. He called for quickly adopting an effective plan by GCC health institutions to respond to these indicators and translate challenges into investment in the programs of preventive health, early detection stages and healthcare. He stated that evidence and scientific research indicate that 40 percent of cancer diseases can be cured, if the disease is detected in its early stages. He noted that 90 percent of breast and colon cancer, the most common in GCC states, is treated if the diseases are detected early.


Secretary General of the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control (GFFCC) Khaled Al-Saleh said in a speech at the event that about 8.8 million people die every year from cancer. According to the recent statistics by the World Health Organization about 14 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2012. He stressed the importance of developing programs for implementing some societal initiatives on the early detection stages of cancer and conducting surveys. He also recommended people to avoid causes which lead to cancer that include smoking, unhealthy behavior and others.


Genitourinary and Gynecological Cancers: Recent Updates
State of Kuwait, April 14-16, 2018

GUG-KUThe conference was organized by the Kuwait Cancer Control Center under the patronage of H.E. the Minister of Health, Dr. Basel H. Al Sabah. A series of special lectures by international and regional oncology experts presented their latest studies and updates on these two cancer topics. It was also during this occasion that H.E. Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awadi, Chair of Kuwait Cancer Society and Smoking Prevention, was awarded the “symbol of cancer awareness” as a recognition to his long and unwavering work in promoting cancer prevention and awareness in Kuwait and in the region.


Pink Caravan ride for breast cancer awareness begins end of February

January 10, 2018, Sharjah:  Organizers of the Pink Caravan Ride, the UAE's most important and extensive annual cancer awareness campaign have confirmed that the eighth edition of the event will take place from February 28 until March 6.

IMAGE3The nationwide initiative by the Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), which promotes the importance of early detection of breast cancer, will set off around the UAE on a seven-day mission to offer free health advice and medical screenings to all members of the community.

This year, the Pink Caravan Ride will be condensed and intensified into one day for each of the seven emirates, sharing its message of awareness across the country. The ride will travel with highly-trained medical teams with specialist knowledge of cancer detection and the most contemporary methods and equipment of identifying the disease.

The Pink Caravan's efforts have contributed to dispelling misconceptions surrounding breast cancer, and encouraging thousands of women and men from across the UAE to be part of early detection examinations. It has also contributed to breaking down the barriers of fear and embarrassment, making breast cancer a community concern engaging all segments of society in combating it.

Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) said: "This humanitarian initiative has contributed to dispersing the myths of cancer. The Pink Caravan has reached an enormous amount of people living in the UAE and is one of the most successful drives in combating breast cancer. The campaign will continue to provide free medical check-ups and help patients, not only during the seven-day nationwide tour, but throughout the year."

She called on the civil community, private and public sectors to participate in the ride and make every possible effort to continue its success.

Over the past seven years, the Pink Caravan has travelled 1,640 kilometers across the seven emirates, with more than 490 riders and 700 volunteers who worked for over 200,000 volunteer hours - the equivalent of 23 years of non-stop work.

The Pink Caravan has also conducted lectures and workshops in 87 schools and provided free clinical examinations to 48,874 Emiratis and residents, including 9,643 men.