Cases of thyroid cancer on the rise

Updated 22 November 2012
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Cases of thyroid cancer on the rise

The Kingdom faces a remarkable increase in the incidence of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), observed a lecturer at an international symposium that opened in Riyadh Monday.
More than 1,000 delegates from the Kingdom and GCC countries attended the opening of the three-day International Saudi Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Conference.
Dr. Ali Al-Zahrani, consultant endocrinologist and head of the Molecular Endocrinology Department at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Riyadh, pointed out that DTC is the fourth most common cancer and the second most common in women, preceded only by breast cancer. He said that the majority of the cases are referred to KFSH and Research Center in Riyadh.
“We have more than 4,500 cases in our registry,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the organizing committee of the conference, Bassam S. Bin-Abbas said: “The program is set up to update the health care professionals on endocrinology and diabetes and to promote the communication and networking among attendees and institutions at local, regional and international levels.”
The Saudi Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (SSEM) sponsored the conference. It is a scientific health society in the field of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, with its services covering all provinces in the Kingdom.
The society was established under the umbrella of the Saudi Council for Health Specialties (SCHS) in 2009 to provide educational and other professional services to health professionals, the public and authorities related to the field.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.