As it marked World Cancer Day on February 3rd, Abu Dhabi’s Health Authority (HAAD) released a new report detailing the increasing prevalence of Prostate Cancer throughout the Emirate.
According to the figures contained in HAAD’s latest release, Prostate Cancer affects 313 males out of every 100,000 in the area, making it the third most common Cancer nationwide.
One of the ambitious aims set out by the UAE’s 2021 health agenda is to reduce the number of deaths from Cancer by 18% - with a slowly rising figure of 4500 people being diagnosed with the condition each year.
Early detection will be key to realising this goal, with patients far more likely to beat the disease if it is identified at an early stage. HAAD are therefore keen to increase awareness of the symptoms, which include a frequent need to urinate, and pain whilst at the toilet.
Speaking to Gulf News about the rising rates, head of the Scientific Committee of the Emirates Urological Society, Professor Dr Yasser Farahat, said: “The most significant challenge for medical professionals who work with prostate cancer patients in the UAE is late detection and treatment. When the cancer is localised to the prostate, it is curable if we can act quickly. Once it spreads, it becomes difficult to cure and manage.
“How early we detect prostate cancer determines how successful the treatment will be. If treated early, the cure rates for prostate cancer are high and patients can benefit from the best possible outcome.”
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