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Kuwait to mark World Cancer Day on 4 Feb
February 3, 2015, 2:33 pm

The State of Kuwait will be marking the World Health Organization (WHO) and Union for International Cancer Control's (UICC) 'World Cancer Day' tomorrow as part of the global rally against the deadly ailment. "Taking place under the tagline 'Not Beyond Us', 'World Cancer Day' 2015 will take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach," said a statement on the UICC's World Cancer Day website.

"The campaign will explore how we can implement what we already know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment and care, and in turn, open up to the exciting prospect that we can impact the global cancer burden - for the better." Speaking on Kuwait's efforts to tackle the disease, assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for supportive medical services Dr. Jamal Al-Harbi said that Kuwait was keen on battling cancer, noting that over 50 percent of cancer diseases could be avoided and treated, however, to do so, a thorough campaign must follow to spread awareness on cancer and means to defeat it.

Kuwait is observing the World Cancer Day to showcase its commitment to the global efforts against cancer, said the official. A ministerial decree was issued last year making it imperative on part of physicians and doctors to report cancer cases to the authorities at the ministry.

The step was taken to gather as much needed data on cancer to enable the state to find means to tackle the disease. According to Health Ministry statistics, breast cancer is the prevailing type of cancer in Kuwait with 35.8 percent of 2,063 cases amongst women reported in 2012.

Amongst men in Kuwait, colon and rectal cancer were frequently reported with a percentage of 14.3 while prostate cancer came second by 12.6 percent in 2012. Reports by the World Health Organization attributed 30 percent of cancer cases to eating disorders, lack of exercise, in addition to smoking and alcohol. Pollution also plays part in the spread of cancer in addition to viral infections.

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