Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) joins healthcare organisations across the globe to mark World Cancer Day, held annually every 4 February.  

HMC Cancer InfographicIn recognition of World Cancer Day, the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), with support from Qatar Cancer Society, organised a public awareness event featuring educational activities for patients, visitors, and staff. Members of the cancer care team provided health advice and information about the signs and symptoms of the disease and the importance of early detection and preventive measures such as good nutrition and physical activity.

With research indicating that exercise and eating healthy can reduce the risk of cancer, an expert from HMC says more than a third of all cancers can actually be prevented through lifestyle changes.

According to statistics released by Qatar National Cancer Registry (QNCR), a total of 1,466 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2015. Breast cancer was the most common cancer among females (39.41%), and prostate cancer was most common among males (11.96%), followed by colorectal cancer. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in Qatar, accounting for 18% of all fatalities, compared to 10% in 2010.

Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health said that elimination of the most common cancers in Qatar is a priority.

Through research, education, support, and awareness, there have been substantial changes in the way cancer is identified, diagnosed, and treated in the country.  With access to high-quality cancer services and the provision of dedicated, specialised care, the cancer treatment landscape continues to improve with more cases being diagnosed earlier and survival rates continuing to improve.’

Research indicates that unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are two key factors that can increase a person’s risk. This risk can, however, be reduced through simple steps such as taking a brisk 30-minute walk every day and eating in moderation.

Under the campaign theme, We can. I can, which was launched in 2016, World Cancer Day aims to draw attention to what can be done to prevent millions of avoidable deaths as a result of cancer.

The global health day also highlights the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, such as quitting smoking and staying safe in the sun.

Visit the HMC website for more information about their cancer prevention programme.