Types of Cancer

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 percent 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.

Top five cancers according to a 2011 report released by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (PDF)

Males

Leukemia

Colorectal

Prostate

Non-Hodgkins

Brain Cancer

Female

Breast

Leukemia

Colorectal

Thyroid

Uterus

Related Links

Cancer facts and statistics -Department of Health-Abu Dhabi

Cancer Prevention

The Ministry of Health and Prevention holds a breast cancer screening program regularly.

The Department of Health-Abu Dhabi recommends people 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 & Women (Age: 40-75 years) Colonoscopy, every 10 years Or Stool test, every two years
Breast cancer Women (Age: 40 years and above) Mammogram Every 2 years
Cervical cancer Women (Age: 25 -65 years) Pap Test Every 3-5 years
Source: Department of Health website

Read the Department of Health’s tips on screening for

Useful Links

Cancer screening centres in Abu Dhabi – the Department of Health