In the UAE, approximately 4,500 new cases of cancer are reported in a year. In 2012, cancer was the third leading cause of deaths in Abu Dhabi. The UAE is determined to bring down cancer fatalities by nearly 18 per cent by 2021. Reducing the number of deaths due to cancer is one of the key performance indicators of the pillar of world-class healthcare of the UAE National Agenda.
According to a 2011 report released by the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (PDF), the top five cancers in males are:
In females, the top five cancers are:
Ministry of Health and Prevention holds breast cancer screening programme regularly.
Department of Health-Abu Dhabi recommends people to undergo screening regularly for various types of cancers as explained below:
|Cancer type||Primary population group||Screening test and frequency|
|Colon and rectum cancer||
Men & WomenAge: 40-75 years
Colonoscopy, every 10 years
OrStool test, every 2 years
WomenAge: 40 years and above
MammogramEvery 2 years
WomenAge: 25 -65 years
Pap TestEvery 3-5 years
Source: Department of Health website
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Amongst government facilities, Tawam Hospital in Al Ain treats cancer patients.