Early detection of cancer increases chances of treatment: HAAD

ABU DHABI, 30th October, 2016 (WAM) — The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is raising the community’s awareness on healthy living and the importance of early detection of cancer through periodic screenings as part of efforts to intensify the fight against cancer and to make Abu Dhabi a healthier community “We aim to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer. Our annual awareness campaign calls residents to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle, undergo regular cancer screening and take available preventable vaccines,” said Dr. Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research at HAAD.

In women, the five most common sites diagnosed with cancer were breast, thyroid, cervix, colorectal, and uterine. In men, the five most common sites of cancer diagnosed were colorectal, prostate, leukemia, thyroid, and bladder.

“We urge women to take preventive measures to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer. Eat healthily, do physical activity, stop smoking and do regular breast screenings.” Al Hajeri added.

Females aged 40 and above are encouraged to undertake mammography screening once every two years and clinical breast examination once annually. Females at the age of 20 are advised to do the clinical breast examination once every three years, breast self-examination monthly and see the doctor immediately if changes occur.

For cancer screening appointments and all campaign information, please visit www.haad.ae/simplycheck HAAD’s annual Cancer Wave awareness campaign ‘Live Healthily and Simply Check’ runs from October 2016 to March 2017. Each month coincides with the global awareness months for each respective disease – October for breast cancer, November for lung cancer, January for cervical cancer and March for colorectal cancer.