Important Steps Taken to Reduce the ‘Cancer Burden’, says HMC
4 February is World Cancer Day
Professor Karl Alexander Knuth, Medical Director and CEO of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), said Qatar has made significant efforts to reduce the impact of cancer on the country’s population.
According to Professor Knuth, Qatar has made a commitment to prioritise actions to address cancer in line with the plans set out under the national health strategy. Improvements on the implementation of vaccination programmes, improved access to screening programmes for breast and bowel cancers, and tobacco taxation, regulation and control are all designed to reduce the burden of cancer in the country. Professor Knuth is also Chairman of Cancer Services at HMC.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Worldwide, around one in six deaths is due to cancer. In Qatar, the most recent data released by Qatar National Cancer Registry showed that as of 2015, there were 1,465 new patients diagnosed with cancer, 44% female and 56% male.
World Cancer Day
NCCCR Oncology Department Senior Consultant Dr Mohammed Ussama Al Homsi, said World Cancer Day provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of cancer prevention and detection strategies and to raise awareness of treatment options.
Around one-third of common cancers are preventable and millions of lives could be saved globally each year by implementing resource – appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment. For this reason and as oncology experts, we urge people to take a positive and proactive approach in the fight against cancer.’
To mark World Cancer Day, HMC is holding a number of activities aimed at raising awareness about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection. Planned activities also aim to dispel myths about cancer that can adversely affect people’s attitude toward accessing early diagnosis, treatment, and care. Dr Al Homsi said he hopes World Cancer Day will be a springboard for positive change.