13,700 cancer cases reported in 2014

Updated 04 February 2015

13,700 cancer cases reported in 2014

There were 13,700 cases of all types of cancer recorded in 2014, with a significant rise among women, a leading medical practitioner said recently.
About 10,000 citizens were afflicted with cancer, while the rest were expatriates, said Ahmad Al-Shahri, consultant oncology and head of the oncology department at King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard, in Jeddah.
According to the latest statistics issued by the National Cancer Registry, about 30 percent of deaths from cancer were caused by lifestyle behaviors such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, excess body weight, tobacco and alcohol.
Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of cancer. It accounts for 22 percent of all cancer deaths globally, and 71 percent of lung cancer deaths. Al-Shahri said that the health adviseries have been issued to coincide with World Cancer Day, which is held on Feb. 4 every year. The Kingdom is planning to hold several events to mark the occasion, which includes awareness and education programs.
He said the global event is aimed at boosting awareness particularly prevention and treatment, and educating families on how to cope with a sufferer.
He said cancer is a big burden on health systems worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, about 14 million cancer cases were diagnosed in 2012. It is expected that the figure will increase by 70 percent over the next two decades. Other reports indicate the figure will double by 2030 in developing countries, to 22 million cases.


King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

Updated 10 December 2019

King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.