Kidney cancer on the rise in KSA

Updated 17 July 2013

Kidney cancer on the rise in KSA

The Saudi Cancer Society has warned that the number of kidney cancer cases is on the rise in the Kingdom, with 200 new cases reported annually.
“The highest number of kidney cancer patients are found in Makkah, followed by Riyadh and the Eastern Province,” Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Saudi Cancer Society’s Eastern Province Branch Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shnaiber said.
He added that the incidence of fatal ailment was on the increase internationally according to the latest studies, Al-Yaum daily reported on Sunday.
Al-Shnaiber made this statement while participating in a seminar organized by the society in the Eastern Province recently. Oncology consultant at the Cancer Center in Dammam’s King Fahd Specialist Hospital Dr. Ahmed Al-Faraj and 50 other doctors participated in the event.
The most notable symptom of the disease is the detection of blood in urine.
There are also cases, in which the symptoms may not appear in the initial stage until the malignant tumor reaches a detectable size.
He attributed the increase in the number of cancer cases in the Kingdom to smoking and obesity, pointing out that the incidence of the disease in men is greater than among women in the Kingdom.
Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, chairman of the board of directors of the society in the Eastern Province, highlighted that the first Kidney Cancer Club was established with the aim of organizing lectures and seminars in various towns to shed light on the various aspects of the disease.
In addition, the club strives to raise awareness about precautionary measures citizens must take to prevent the incidence of the disease.

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

Updated 26 May 2020

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

RIYADH: In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, governments around the world introduced strict measures to curb its spread.

Due to the unavailability of a vaccine against the virus, social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

And with stringent coronavirus measures, companies have made arrangements for employees to work from home. As there is no clarity about an end to this viral outbreak, debate on work-life balance has been ignited.

A new study titled “How COVID-19 changed the way people work” — conducted by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky — reveals how quarantine has influenced how people work from home.

The “new normal” that workers are now facing is starting to have an impact on their work-life balance.

Nearly a third (31 percent) of workers said they are spending more time working than they did before. However, 46 percent said they have increased the amount of time they spend on personal activities.

This increased time on “personal activities” may be attributed to the fact that many people do not have to spend time commuting.

The study added that it has become harder for workers to separate working and personal activity, especially when it comes to IT.

It further stated that 55 percent of workers are now reading more news compared with life before the pandemic.

Workers are also developing a habit of using personal services for work, increasing digital risks, including the disclosure of sensitive information. 

Some 42 percent of employees use personal email accounts for work-related matters, and 49 percent admit their usage has increased when working from home. 

“Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services. It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity and security. To achieve this, a company should provide access to services based on the principle of only supplying minimal and necessary privileges, implement a VPN and use secure and approved corporate systems,” said Andrey Evdokimov, chief information security officer at Kaspersky.

He added: “These types of software may have certain restrictions that slightly reduce usability, but offer greater assurances in providing security measures.”

Dr. Waquar Ahmad Khan, an assistant professor at Taibah University, Madinah told Arab News: “The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent work-from-home imperatives and lockdowns have led to significant changes in the workings and lifestyles.”

He highlighted that working from home has both positive and negative aspects. 

“Being an academic I can say that teaching is an occupation with low suitability to work from home. To teach remotely without socializing can compromise both teachers and students’ academic performance and mental health,” he said.

There are other issues from the new working culture. Support from colleagues is now harder to find, at least face-to-face, he said, adding that anxieties about the public health issues itself are high.

Dr. Majed Al-Hedayan, a legal expert, told Arab News that the pandemic has led to a restructuring of the concept of job commitments.

“It has become an ambitious and optimistic view contrary to what it was before the pandemic that the performance of workers was below the level of ambition,” he added.

“This motivates public and private entities to adopt a methodology for remote working in the coming period after the pandemic,” said Al-Hedayan.