Alarming Increase in Cancer Cases Seen Among Kuwaitis and Expats

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1: Dr. Khaled Al-Saleh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Cancer Awareness Campaign, has disclosed that the annual rates of cancer incidence in Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations are on the rise, with an increase ranging from 1% to 5%. This increase can be attributed to various factors, including heightened community awareness regarding the significance of early cancer detection and the region’s high population density.

In a special statement to Al- Seyassah marking the launch of the annual breast cancer awareness campaign, themed “Your Health is Your Capital,” Dr. Al- Saleh reported that Kuwait recorded 640 new cases of breast cancer. Among these cases, 41% were Kuwaiti citizens, while 59% were expatriates. Furthermore, Dr. Al-Saleh highlighted the introduction of new initiatives this year, notably in the Mubaraki

ya area. Over a three-day period later this month, these initiatives will involve participation from a delegation representing GCC countries. Their objective is to raise awareness about the critical importance of early breast cancer screening. Dr. Al-Saleh encouraged women above the age of forty to get in touch with the campaign to receive guidance on conducting early self-examinations for breast cancer detection.

By Marwa Al-Bahrawi
Al-Seyassah/Arab Times Staff

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