WHO forecasts a 69 percent increase in cancer cases by 2030 globally

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AMMAN — Secretary-General of the Arab Medical Association against Cancer (AMMAAC) Sami Al-Khatib said that, according to recent reports, 6,200 new cases have been recorded in the Kingdom, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

Khatib said that there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cancer cases in recent years and that World Health Organization (WHO) experts forecast a 69 percent increase by 2030 globally, and a 100 percent increase in the Mediterranean and North Africa region.

Khatib stressed that cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases, and the second most common disease in most countries of the world, after cardiovascular diseases, and that many studies indicate that the number of cases may double in the next 20 years.

The association held on Monday a conference at the Le Royal Hotel to announce the launch of the activities of the Arab Gulf Cancer Awareness Week, as of Tuesday, in which Jordan participates.

The first week of February of each year was adopted as an Arab Cancer Awareness Week.

Khatib said that the week’s activities are held as a collaborative effort by the Jordanian Oncology Society, AMMAAC, Jordan Medical Association, King Hussein Cancer Center, the Ministry of Health, and many official and private agencies in the Kingdom.

Khatib said that the activities of the week aim to raise the level of awareness about the factors that may cause cancer, encourage early detection of cancer as it is improves the chance of recovery, as well as encourage the adoption of a healthy lifestyle through exercise, healthy eating, and not smoking.

He stressed the importance of this campaign to raise citizens’ awareness about the disease, which must be addressed in light of the high number of people afflicted by it globally.

The countries participating in the week will hold awareness-raising activities.

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