Kidney cancer on the rise in KSA

Kidney cancer on the rise in KSA
Updated 17 July 2013

Kidney cancer on the rise in KSA

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.