Dubai Women’s College, a Higher Colleges of Technology flagship institution, organized recently the “Think Again” Cervical Cancer session, which was held in coordination with the Wellness Center of the community health services program section at the Dubai Health Authority, the Friends of Cancer Patients Association in Sharjah, and the Abu Dhabi Health Authority.
The session was part of the year-long National Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign launched in November by the General Women's Union in cooperation with the Health Authorities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women's Union, President of the Family Development Foundation and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.
Dr. Ahmed bin Kalban, CEO of Primary Health Care services at Dubai Health Authority, said the Authority’s policies are in line with those of the World Health Organization in terms of strengthening community-based programs that promote individual and community health and prevent this type of cancer, which is considered the 2nd most common cancer among women after breast cancer.
Dr. Hanan Obeid, Head of DWC Wellness Center and of the Community Services Department at Dubai Health Authority, said statistics confirm that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women, prompting concerned authorities to sound the alarm and work to promote health awareness among women. She also stressed the importance of screening, which allows for detection of the disease in its early stages and significantly reduces complications, providing women with many treatment options and giving them a greater chance for a cure. This, she added, is why the community health program is working to enhance awareness and encourage preventive tools in Dubai.
Dr. Jalaa Taher, Head of Cancer Prevention Department at Abu Dhabi Health Authority (ADHA), said Dubai Women’s College’s session is the 2nd being organized by the Think Again cervical cancer prevention campaign after the one conducted by the Authority for its employees in which a number of experts and physicians from various disciplines spoke. That event, she said, helped correct several misconceptions about prevention and treatment methods.