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Cancer cases on the rise; to double by 2025: OCA

Cancer instances on the rise to double by 2025: OCA

Muscat – 

The quantity of cancer individuals in Oman is on the rise and the instances will double by 2025, the Oman Cancer Association (OCA) has warned. “Oman is witnessing a growth in the number of patients who suffer from cancer every year. The number of cancer patients will double by 2025, and so raising awareness is very important,” mentioned Dr Wahid al Kharusi, president, OCA.

Breast cancer, colorectal cancer, thyroid and lung cancer are amongst some kinds that are quick growing. “Breast cancer is the most common form seen in Oman, but colorectal cancer, thyroid and lung cancer cases are also on the rise,” Dr Kharusi mentioned. To produce much more awareness, Dr Kharusi mentioned OCA will hold numerous activities on Sunday to mark World Cancer Day founded by the Union International for Cancer Control (UICC).

He mentioned awareness is the greatest way to tackle in the initial stages of cancer. “Early diagnosis is the key to survive and all types of cancer should be diagnosed in stage 1 itself in order to be successfully treated.”

A quantity of events will be held by OCA to mark World Cancer Day. “UICC is endorsing this day to create awareness about cancer and its burden,” he mentioned. In association with Oman Avenues Mall, OCA will have an awareness occasion from 10am to 10pm on Sunday.

The mobile mammography unit will also provide free of charge mammograms to females above 40 years. In addition, a free of charge healthcare verify-up and a breast examination for females will also be held.

“OCA is also planning to light one of the country’s landmark monument to mark the occasion. Royal Opera House Muscat is an option,” mentioned Dr Kharusi. On February 12, OCA will hold a ‘Hug a Bear’ celebration for youngsters suffering from cancer at The Royal Hospital at 11am in the oncology division. There would also be a celebration for youngsters of Dar al Hanan at four.30pm, added Dr Kharusi.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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