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)
The Ministry of Health and Prevention holds a 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