Annual cancer cases in Jordan exceed 9,000 — health minister

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AMMANHealth Minister Firas Al-Hawari has called on Jordanians to embrace healthy lifestyles amidst a concerning annual count of over 9,000 cancer cases, highlighting the urgent need for preventive measures against this disease.اضافة اعلان

Hawari made this statement during the launch of a media campaign by the Ministry of Health on Monday. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the significance of adopting healthy lifestyles in Jordan.

With the slogan "Your life is your decision, think about your choice," the campaign is supported by the EU and Spanish cooperation.

Spreading health awareness
The campaign builds upon the Ministry of Health's ongoing efforts to encourage individuals in society to adopt healthy lifestyles.

It seeks to promote health awareness regarding the importance of consuming healthy food, engaging in regular physical activity, and refraining from smoking.

Non-communicable diseases contribute to the majority of deaths in Jordan
Hawari's initiative comes in response to the concerning reality that over three-quarters of deaths in Jordan are caused by non-communicable diseases, as reported by Ammon News.

Highlighting alarming health studies, he referred to a national survey conducted in 2019, which revealed that 25 percent of individuals between 40 and 69 years old are at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

The survey also disclosed an 8 percent prevalence of diabetes among individuals over 18 years old and a rate of approximately 21 percent for the 45–69 age group.

Additionally, 22 percent of the population in this age group suffers from high blood pressure, with half of them receiving no treatment.

Unhealthy lifestyles identified as major contributing factors
Hawari explained that the high number of cases and percentages can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles, as indicated by the survey.

The findings included a 41 percent increase in the prevalence of tobacco smoking (65 percent among men), 9 percent usage of electronic cigarettes and vape devices, and a 61 percent rise in the prevalence of obesity and overweight (over 90 percent in women over the age of 45).

These factors are significant risk factors for non-communicable diseases.

The survey also highlighted other concerning habits among the population.

Approximately 31 percent of individuals frequently add salt to their food, despite recommendations from the World Health Organization.

Moreover, the majority of people consume below the recommended portions of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, around 25 percent of the population fails to achieve the organization's physical activity recommendations.

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