The Breast Cancer Challenge in The Gcc Region?Name : Dr. Mohamad Al-Gailani
Affliation : Consultant Breast & General Surgeon
University : Al Hammadi Hospital
Country : Saudi Arabia
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for about 22% of all female cancers. Worldwide around 1.68 million women are diagnosed annually. It is expected to affect 1:8 (12%) of women during their lifetime. The incidence is rising, a 6% increase in incidence in the last decade. In the GCC region it remains a challenging disease. Despite the availability of breast screening services, uptake remains poor. Modern hospitals parallel to the West are present, however still women are more likely to present at an advanced stage. Breast cancer remains a taboo. Women are reluctant to come forward despite the availability of health facilities. To meet the challenge, a multi directional approach is required. Most significant is increase public health awareness of the disease. In addition, to encourage breast screening, tackle lifestyle habits like obesity, encourage breast feeding. The need exists for more dedicated breast clinics, more female breast practitioners and agreeing on unified relevant clinical practice guidelines on breast cancer prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment among the GCC countries.