Sharjah: His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated the fifth Gulf Cancer Combined Conference (GCCC) in Sharjah on Monday.
Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the ruler of Sharjah, was also present at the Al Jawaher Center for receptions and lectures, the organizers Friends of Cancer Patients said.
The conference is held from November 21 to 23 in cooperation with the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control and the Gulf Center for Cancer Control and Prevention, under the slogan “Continuity of health care to fight and treat cancer “.
The conference aims to unify efforts in the Gulf to develop the field of health care for cancer patients and to raise awareness of best practices in all aspects and stages of disease control.
During the event, Sheikh Sultan highlighted Sharjah’s continued support for cancer control efforts at all levels of research, treatment and others, stressing the importance of uniting these many efforts to find solutions. to cancer.
On the sidelines of the conference, Sheikh Sultan listened to a detailed explanation of the work of certain associations specializing in the fight against cancer in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and their scientific research.
During the opening ceremony, Sheikha Jawaher expressed her pride in hosting the Conference, which aims to immunize societies against all diseases because, she said, disease is not the concern of the sole patient, but everyone’s business without exception.
Regarding the great importance of scientific research in the fight against cancer, she said that scientific research on cancer provides the data needed to develop plans that provide a reference for academics, researchers and doctors regarding the treatment of cancer. disease.
Sheikha Jawaher added that the Friends of Cancer Patients embody the concept of partnership between society and institutions, and cooperation between the public and private sectors, to advance the culture of the public regarding disease, its prevention and treatment. .
The conference hosts more than 50 speakers from the UAE, GCC and around the world, in addition to more than 500 scientists, doctors and experts specializing in cancer disease, treatment and prevention.
The conference includes dialogue sessions and lectures that address the challenges facing the health sector in the field of long-term cancer control, including cultural, social and economic barriers that impede awareness efforts. and cancer prevention.
The socio-cultural barriers that deter people from seeking health care and the role of the media in raising awareness to aid in the early detection and treatment of cancer were highlighted at Monday’s conference.
The second session of the CCGC conference discussed the role and impact of traditional and social media in raising awareness for early cancer detection and prevention.