Rotarians participate in the cancer awareness program

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(Photo: Amman West Rotary Club)
Press Release — Two Amman-based rotarian clubs participated in a October cancer awareness program by attending a lecture delivered by an expert in the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), the group said in a statement.اضافة اعلان

Dr Yassar Qutaiba, KHCC’s director of the Screening and Early Detection Unit and Community Outreach Program, addressed attendees from the Amman West Rotary Club and the Amman International Rotary, in an event held jointly by the two groups at the Landmark Hotel in Amman.

Qutaiba outlined how tumors start in body tissues, explaining that not all lumps are malignant. She explained that while benign tumors don’t spread in the body, the malignant tumors spread quickly, and therefore, early dedication is a crucial part of overcoming the cancer risk.

She pointed out that cancer globally is the second cause of death, after heart problems, causing 4 million fatalities annually. “However, it is expected to become the number one source of deaths by 2030, when estimates predict that 27 million persons around the world will die from cancer by that year,” she said.

In Jordan, Qutaiba said that cancer deaths have been on the rise, reaching 70,914 in 2018. She noted that 40 percent of cancer deaths can be prevented, and another 40 percent can be healed, if detected early.

She pointed out that tobacco is a major cause of death, again, stressing that early detection can save lives. “Thirty percent of tobacco-causing deaths could be saved, if they are discovered at an early stage, while 70 percent pass away due to detection, when the cancer is in the third and fourth stages,” she maintained.

The doctor said that it some symptoms persist, they need to be checked by medical personnel because they could be early signs of cancer. She said that includes changes in gestor internal systems, loss of weight, loss of appetite, continued headaches, continuous and unexplained fever, skin injuries that don’t heal, and blood in the urine.

“While some of these symptoms might not mean that the person has cancer, it is important – if they persist – to get checked,” she stressed.

Following the lecture, the guest speaker was honored by the two clubs, which also exchanged flags. Afterwards, Rotary members attended a dinner banquet, hosting their medical guest.

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