CAIRO - 8 February 2023: The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population revealed a map of the treatment of cancerous tumors for adults and children, stressing that early detection contributes to the rapid treatment of the disease.
Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the number of oncology centers affiliated with the ministry has been increased to support evidence-based medical practice in the oncology file, which is reflected in the increased recovery rates and the improving level of services provided to patients.
Spokesperson for Health Ministry, Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, said that the state seeks to build an integrated national strategy to combat and treat tumors within the priorities of health files, by reducing death rates as a result of noncommunicable diseases, including cancer, and in order to achieve the vision of "Egypt 2030".
Dr. Abdel Ghaffar stated that the ministry aims to raise health awareness among citizens of the importance of early detection and methods of prevention by publishing awareness videos on the official pages of the ministry on social networking sites, as well as through health education teams that educate citizens about customs and practices.
Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar added that the services provided by the state in tumor treatment centers vary between providing services for early detection of tumors, diagnosis and treatment, indicating that these services are provided through 18 centers affiliated to the Secretariat of Specialized Medical Centers, 23 centers affiliated to the Supreme Council of University Hospitals, 6 centers affiliated to the Hospitals and Educational Institutes Authority, and 10 centers affiliated to the General Authority for Health Insurance, in all governorates of the Republic.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar referred to the important role of the public health initiatives launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, for the early detection of diseases, as the presidential initiative was launched to eliminate virus C and detect noncommunicable diseases, to provide early detection services for hepatitis C virus.
He added that the presidential initiatives included the initiative to support women's health, which aims at early detection of breast cancer in women from the age of 18, and provides free services to examine women through 3,538 health units at the level of the governorates of the Republic.
Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar stressed the importance of avoiding the causes of tumors, the most important of which is smoking being the main cause of lung and throat tumors, as well as the importance of proper healthy food, avoiding pollutants, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, and alcohol, and avoiding exposure to chemical substances and fumes.
The reports of the Supreme Committee on Oncology at the Ministry of Health, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), revealed the ten most common types of cancer, accounting for more than 60% of newly diagnosed infections, and a cause of more than 70% of deaths.
The reports indicated that one out of every five people in the world suffers from cancer during his life, and that every one out of eight men and one out of 11 women die because of it. And that the percentage of breast cancer diagnosed among women out of 2.3 million cases was 11.7%, lung cancer - 11.4%, followed by colon cancer - 10%, prostate cancer - 7.3%, and stomach cancer - 5.6%.
The report indicates that the number of breast cancer cases in developing countries is equivalent to 29.7 per 100,000 women, while the number of cases in developed countries is equivalent to 55.9 per 100,000 women. However, the number of deaths from breast cancer is higher in developing countries, at 15 per 100,000 women, while in developed countries it is 12.8.
According to the expectations of the research authorities, about 28.4 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2040, which is 47 percent higher than the number of cases detected in 2020.
It is worth noting that lung cancer ranked first in 2020 with 1.8 million deaths, which is equivalent to 18 percent of all deaths due to cancer, followed by colon cancer -9.4 percent, liver cancer -8.3 percent, stomach cancer -7.7 percent, and female breast cancer -6.9 percent.