CAN launches prostate cancer aware­ness cam­paign

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

The Na­tional Cam­paign for Cancer Aware­ness (Cancer Aware Na­tion) launched its prostate cancer cam­paign on Sun­day un­der the pa­tron­age of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Kuwait Ports Au­thor­ity Sheikh Yousuf Ab­dul­lah Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by CAN Chair­man Dr Rasheed Al-Ha­mad, Deputy Chair­man Dr Khalid Al-Saleh, Dr Has­san Dhahi and Dr Ah­mad Raghib.

Dr Khalid said prostate cancer is an af­flic­tion that threat­ens men over 50 years old, and it can be to­tally cured if dis­cov­ered early. “If we are able to ex­pand the range of knowl­edge and aware­ness, we can save many peo­ple and have a high per­cent­age of healed per­sons,” he said. Dr Khalid said prostate cancer is among the top 10 can­cers that af­fect Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis, although Kuwaitis top the list of those af­fected with it, while non-Kuwaitis are fourth. He said this is due to the age fac­tor, as most ex­pats in Kuwait are young. He said prostate cancer, like all types of the dis­ease, has a hered­i­tary link as well as ge­netic struc­ture, adding that an av­er­age of 90 to 100 cases are dis­cov­ered in Kuwait an­nu­ally.

Sheikh Yousuf thanked the doc­tors for their ef­forts. “We need laws and leg­is­la­tions to com­pel in­di­vid­u­als to go for check­ups and tests, sim­i­lar to pre­mar­i­tal tests,” he said. He called for mon­i­tor­ing the med­i­cal his­to­ries of cit­i­zens and ex­pats in Kuwait, ar­gu­ing that the leg­isla­tive side is more im­por­tant than the med­i­cal one, be­cause sav­ing a per­son is not only his con­cern, but of the en­tire fam­ily that he cares for. More­over, early dis­cov­ery saves the state bud­get a lot of funds too, Sheikh Yousuf said.

—Pho­tos by Ab­del­latif Sharaa

KUWAIT: The of­fi­cials at­tend the press con­fer­ence where the aware­ness cam­paign was an­nounced.

CAN cam­paign vol­un­teers.

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