Colorectal cancer is the top ranked cancer among males, says DoH

ABU DHABI, Abu Dhabi Department of Health, DoH, the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, revealed that colorectal cancer is the top ranked cancer among male resident population in the emirate, with 67%, of 175 the total registered cases in 2015 were among males.

DoH stressed that colorectal cancer screenings remain the cornerstone of colorectal cancer prevention and control, as they not only help to detect polyps before it turn into cancer but also catch cancer early which allows successful treatment and easier recovery for up to 90%. Based on DoH statistics, 42.5% of colorectal cancer cases were detected in their early stages in 2015 compared to 37% in 2014.

Dr. Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research Division at DoH, said, “We encourage all men and women over the age of 40, to undergo regular colorectal cancer screening tests to ensure early detection. These tests include a stool examination (Faecal Immunochemical Test, FIT), every two years, which is a simple, safe, and no pain test, or the routine colonoscopy screening every 10 years”.

” We urge all members of the community who wish to take colorectal cancer screening tests to visit any of the 27 health facilities offering them throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi,” she added.

She also said, “With a firm belief that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and in line with our vision for ‘a healthier Abu Dhabi’, the Department of Health continues its efforts towards building a culture that embraces early detection of colorectal cancer among community members aged around 40 years old and above, to become a commitment and a lifestyle, beside this, DoH is raising awareness on adoption of healthy lifestyles.”

DoH’s efforts come in line with its cancer awareness campaign launched in October 2017 for a period of six months through March 2018, with the theme, “Live Healthily and Simply Check”. “This campaign was designed to coincide with the global awareness months that are assigned for each respective disease: October for breast cancer, November for lung cancer, January for cervical cancer and March for colorectal cancer,” she said.

Source: Emirates News Agency