Posted on February 03, 2019

Qatar Cancer Society “QCS" celebrates World Cancer Day, which takes place every year on 4 February, and is the uniting global initiative under which the world comes together to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.

Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which the charity is one of its members, the day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease alongside calling on governments and individuals across the world to take action. 2019 will be the first year of the new three-year campaign, ‘I Am and I Will’. The new theme is an empowering call for personal commitment and represents the power of our actions taken now to reduce the growing impact of cancer.

His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khalid Bin Jabor Al Thani – chairman of QCS – stressed the importance of continuing efforts to raise awareness about cancer and ways to prevent it and to promote early detection culture as it is the cornerstone of prevention and treatment, especially that the vision of QCS is to be the community partnership platform to make Qatar a leader in cancer prevention and its burden control, and it’s mission is seek to prevent cancer and control its burden in Qatar by working with our partners to educate the community, and to support, empower and advocate for individuals living with cancer, and to engage in the professional development and scientific research in the field of cancer

 He noted that Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) will mark World Cancer Day with a special event under the theme ‘I Am and I Will’ Which targets all segments of the society and educate them about cancer and ways to prevent it in a simplified recreational way, In addition to emphasizing the importance of early detection of the disease. About the most common types of cancers in the State of Qatar said “ According to the most recent reports published by Qatar National Cancer Registry (QNCR, 2015), breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers lie on top of the most common newly diagnosed cancers in Qatar.

In terms of the most common newly diagnosed cancers among men in Qatar, QNCR (2015) has reported that prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and leukemia are the top three cancers. On the other hand, the most common newly diagnosed cancers among women in Qatar includes breast, thyroid, and colorectal cancers. 2018 saw more than 18 million new cases of cancer worldwide of which nearly 5 million cases of breast, cervical, colorectal, and oral cancers could have been detected sooner and treated more effectively, improving patient survival rates and quality of life, according to a report from by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

In line with guidelines set out by the World Health Organization, the UICC recommends that all governments a series of measures, most notably ,Implement measures to reduce stigma and improve public awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer , Implement cost-effective population-based screenings and early detection programmes, Strengthen national health systems’ referral mechanisms for suspected cancers to facilities providing diagnostic and treatment services , Increase investment in diagnostic capacities.