500 new cases of breast cancer reported annually in Saudi Arabia

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center treats more than 500 new breast cancer cases every year. (SPA)
Updated 07 November 2018

500 new cases of breast cancer reported annually in Saudi Arabia

  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center treats more than 500 new breast cancer patients every year

JEDDAH: Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, founder and chairwoman of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association, stressed the importance of raising awareness and preventative knowledge to reduce breast cancer risks.
Princess Haifa was speaking during the opening ceremony of the first international conference on “Advances in Breast Cancer Research: Towards Precision Therapy,” organized by King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) in Riyadh.
The chief executive officer of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Dr. Majid Al-Fayadh, said that the hospital treats more than 500 new breast cancer cases every year.


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”

 

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