Even though World Cancer Day was a few days ago, it's still clear that accessible and effective healthcare is urgently needed. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Egypt had 150,578 new cases of cancer among its population of 106,156,692. These numbers show that cancer is a significant challenge for the country.
The chances of developing cancer before the age of 75 are about 17.1%. The most common types of cancer in Egypt are liver, bladder, and breast cancers. Sadly, there were 95,275 recorded deaths related to cancer, and the risk of dying from cancer before the age of 75 is about 11.2%.
Additionally, there are 366,823 prevalent cases of cancer within the Egyptian population over a five-year period. These statistics really highlight the impact of cancer on Egypt's healthcare system. It's crucial to have comprehensive strategies that focus on prevention, early detection, effective treatment, innovative technologies, and personalized care. We need to act urgently to address these challenges and find effective solutions to reduce the burden of cancer.
Commenting on and raising awareness about World Cancer Day, Dr. Nihal Nabil, Head of Oncology in Roche Pharma Egypt, says: “Personalized healthcare, envisioned by Roche, signifies better health outcomes at a lower cost for individuals and society alike. It advocates for a shift from a one-size-fits-all approach to tailoring the best care for each person. This transformative vision hinges on the convergence of pioneering science, data, analytics, and technology, both existing and new.”
She added, “We work closely with the ministry of health and population as well as the whole healthcare ecosystem to make sure we provide the best personalized healthcare to Egyptians regarding all diseases and on top oncology with a focus on Lungs, Breast and Liver. For instance, efforts by the MOHP, Roche, and the entire healthcare ecosystem led to the WHO recognizing Egypt as the first country in the world to be free of the HCV virus, achieving the "Gold Level" on the path to eliminating Hepatitis C according to WHO standards. Furthermore, under breast cancer, we present at the International
Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2023), shed light on the success made in breast cancer through partnerships with the ministry and specifically under the presidential initiative “100 Million Healthy Lives” where we were able to increase the early detection rate from 30% to 70% within three years.”. All these efforts are led and inspired by the personalized healthcare strategy.”
She concluded: “As we reflect on World Cancer Day, let us join hands to champion a future where personalized healthcare is a reality, ensuring that every individual receives the correct diagnostics, the care they deserve, and a better life.”