FOCP presents Arabic version of The Cancer Atlas’ 3rd edition

Friends of Cancer Patients unveils translated copy at virtual session of the
General Assembly of the Union for International Cancer Control

  • 3rd edition of the Atlas, produced by the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), was launched at World Leaders’ Cancer Summit in Kazakhstan in October 2019  
  • Arabic translation of The Cancer Atlas is the second collaboration between FOCP and UICC, ACS and IARC.
  • The Atlas provides a global overview of information about the burden of cancer, associated risk factors, methods of prevention and measures of control
  • FOCP will distribute 100 copies of the Arabic version to all relevant entities in the UAE and abroad, and host an e-book on its website

For immediate release

Sharjah, October 07, 2020

The Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), a UAE-based leading organisation dedicated to raising cancer awareness and prevention, and committed to providing moral and financial support for cancer patients, has unveiled the Arabic-language version of The Cancer Atlas to promote awareness of risk factors and prevention measures to combat the disease.

The virtual unveiling was held during the General Assembly of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and was presented to the attendees by HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President of UICC. Notable attendees included Dr Ahmed Jamal Senior Vice President, American Cancer Society, HE Sawsan Jafar, Chairperson of FOCP’sBoard of Directors, UICC member and FOCP team.

Produced by the American Cancer Society, IARC and UICC, The Cancer Atlas illustrates the global cancer landscape based on research and cancer data from more than 180 countries to provide a comprehensive overview of the global burden of cancer, associated risk factors, and precautionary health measures and successful strategies required to reduce its impact.

The Arabic translation of The Cancer Atlas is FOCP’s second collaboration with the American Cancer Society, IARC and UICC. The entities had previously published the Arabic version of the second edition of The Cancer Atlas in 2016 during the 35th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).

In addition to publishing the Arabic translation, FOCP will also provide an electronic version of The Cancer Atlas on its website https://focp.ae/resource-centre/.

Taking action to stem global cancer burden

Themed ‘Access Creates Progress’, the new Cancer Atlas highlights inequities in the present cancer burden, outlines the risk factors that are driving cancer patterns, and details strategies for cancer prevention and control. Through the three main sections – Risk Factors, The Burden and Taking Action, the chapters identify tobacco use, excess body weight, alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity, as major cancer risk factors. Other topics addressed include cancers linked to infections, paediatric cancer, the burden of cancer worldwide, cancer survival and key cancer control topics, including prevention, vaccination, early detection, treatment, palliative care and comprehensive health insurance.

The book is presented in a user-friendly and accessible format to enable governments, public health agencies, cancer advocacy groups. cancer researchers, healthcare professionals, as well as patients, survivors, and the public, to support the fight against cancer across the world.

HE Sawsan Jafar, Chairperson of FOCP’sBoard of Directors, said: “Our collaboration with UICC to provide an Arabic version of The Cancer Atlas embodies the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Founder and Royal Patron of FOCP, to support scientific research on cancer, raise awareness of the disease, and provide access to the latest treatment for cancer patients around the world, particularly in low income countries.”

She added: “It is a reliable source of evidence-based data collated by international experts featuring relevant findings and research, aimed at bringing us closer to a cancer-free world. By making available the latest data and trends, the Atlas provides relevant entities and organisations with the right tools for decision and policy making to stem the tide of cancer.”

HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President of UICC 2018-2020 said: “A big thank you to The Friends of Cancer Patients organisation, led by HRH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi – a true NCD champion and a UICC international ambassador for childhood cancer. Thank you so much for your contribution to this important publication, making accessible to all the Arabic-speaking countries.”

 “Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and the cancer burden continues to grow,” said Ahmedin Jemal, senior vice president, data science, American Cancer Society, and the lead author of the book. “This all-new 3rd edition draws attention to not only the problems at hand but also solutions that cancer control advocates and educators can use in the fight against cancer locally and globally.”

Atlas educates on top risk factors

Tobacco is identified as a major risk factor for cancer, which takes over 8 million lives annually globally. Among these deaths, 1.2 million are caused by passive smoking. Nearly 80 per cent of the 1.3 billion tobacco smokers globally live in low– and middle-income countries.

Breast cancer accounts for almost a quarter of new cancer cases among women. Studies reveal that about 1 in 20 females will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. While the incidence of breast cancer is higher in high income countries, incidence rates are rising in low and middle-income countries and these countries have the highest proportion of breast cancer deaths.  

Incidence rates are elevated in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America, notably in Belgium (113 cases per 100,000 female population) and Luxembourg (109) in Europe and in Australia (94). In contrast, incidence rates in Eastern African regions (30 cases per 100,000 female population) and Middle Africa (28), as well as South Central Asia (26), are considerably lower. The highest mortality rates are seen in Melanesia (26 deaths per 100,000 female population) and Polynesia (22) as well as in Northern and Western Africa (18).

FOCP will distribute 100 copies of the newly translated Atlas to relevant entities and organisations involved in boosting cancer awareness in the UAE and abroad.

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