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63% of colorectal cancer cases were detected in their later stages, HAAD Encourages Early Detection for Colorectal Cancer
14 March 2017

Abu Dhabi – March 14, 2017: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, revealed that the majority of colorectal cancer cases are detected at a late stage. Thus, HAAD is emphasizing the importance of regular screenings to ensure that early detection of colorectal cancer occurs; this allows for necessary medical intervention and increases the chances of successful treatment.

HAAD’s statistics revealed that the early detection program contributed to the early diagnosis of 37% (stage 0 or in situ: 6.7%, stage I: 21.3%, and stage II: 8.9%) from all diagnosed and staged colorectal cancer cases while 63% of were detected in their later stages.
HAAD encourages all men and women over the age of 40, to undergo regular colorectal cancer screening tests to ensure early detection. These tests include a routine colonoscopy screening every 10 years, or a stool examination (Faecal Immunochemical Test, FIT), every two years.
HAAD urges all members of the community who wish to take colorectal cancer screening tests to visit any of the 27 health facilities offering them throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more details on the facilities, their locations, and to make an appointment, please visit:
Dr. Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health and Research Division at HAAD said: “With a firm belief that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and in line with our vision for ‘a healthier Abu Dhabi’, HAAD continues to focus its efforts on raising awareness on preventive measures against colorectal cancer through this campaign. These measure include; routine colorectal screenings, performing regular physical activity, eating healthy food and avoiding all forms of tobacco use.”
Al Hajeri added, “Colorectal cancer doesn’t display any symptoms in its early stages, and so regular screenings contribute to saving many lives. Undergoing periodic preventive tests helps to eradicate and remove polyps in the colon or rectum before they become cancerous. The tests also help to detect tumours at an early stage, which increases the chances of successful treatment and minimizes medical intervention.”

Symptoms of colorectal cancer don’t appear until a later stage. These symptoms include; rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, a change in normal bowel movements (diarrhoea, constipation or both for more than 2 weeks), abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss or anaemia.
HAAD’s efforts come in line with its cancer awareness campaign launched in October 2016 for a period of six months through March 2017, under the slogan "Live Healthily and Simply Check”. The campaign was designed to coincide with the global awareness months that are assigned for each respective disease: October for breast cancer, November for lung cancer, January for cervical cancer and March for colorectal cancer.
For cancer screening appointments and all campaign information, please visit


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