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Under The Patronage of
H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi

Friends of Cancer Patients will play the host for the 5th Gulf
Federation for Cancer Control Conference in Sharjah, 5th to 7th
May 2011, with the main theme being "Colorectal Cancer -
Diagnostics, Treatment and Control."

Gulf Federation For Cancer Control - GFFCC


The Gulf Federation for Cancer Control is a federation of 12 cancer associations in the GCC states and Yemen organized primarily to promote cancer awareness in the region. It is for this reason that on March 29, 2002, delegates of the Gulf states officially announced the formation of this federation to attain a common goal of promoting cancer awareness in the Gulf region.

Since 2002, the GFFCC and its member associations have initiated and actively participated in many worthy endeavors on cancer control and prevention. Multilateral agreements and partnerships with governments and NGOs were formalized during these past years to solidify efforts in promoting cancer awareness across different groups in the Arab society. At the regional level, GFFCC has established a partnership with World Health Organization (WHO-EMRO) to gain support and acquire technical expertise in implementing proven cancer campaign techniques and strategies targeted for specific audiences. At the international level, GFFCC (through Kuwait Society for Smoking and Cancer Prevention) is an active member of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and organized the formation of the Gulf TNM Committee and the adoption of a unified cancer staging system for the region.

One of the major objectives of the federation is to highlight the magnitude of cancer in the gulf area. Towards this objective, the federation organizes a regular regional conference every two years focusing on a specific type of cancer each conference. The last GFFCC Conference was held in Yemen (2009) focusing on Head and Neck Cancer. The next Conference will focus on Colorectal Cancer and will be held in Sharjah, UAE in May 2011.

Specific activities of the GFFCC include the regular updating of a database of oncologists in the gulf area. This list aims to build a network and provide access to all oncologists in the region. Other regular activities include anti-smoking and cancer awareness campaigns, and training and workshops specifically on breast cancer. In cooperation with WHO, a special training for teachers for early detection of breast cancer was held in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It is expected that through these trainings, these teachers will be able to impart upon female students the convenience of self-diagnosis and techniques in detecting the early onset of breast cancer. On October 2010, the first Mobile Mammography Unit in Kuwait was inaugurated for deployment to strategic areas within the different governorates of Kuwait. This mobile unit is equipped with the latest state-of-art instruments and operated by qualified medical personnel to provide immediate response to patients undergoing mammography tests.

In 2007, the federation started the publication of the Gulf Journal of Oncology ( www.gffcc.org/journal) with the aim of providing a forum for the exchange of clinical and scientific information for Oncology community of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab world. Within a span of 4 years and 8 issues, the journal was selected and approved by the National Library of Medicine (U.S.A.) to be indexed and catalogued in the PubMed/MedLine database ( www.pubmed.gov) a prestigious online medical database of published medical articles worldwide. The journal is available every January and July each year with 5,000 copies per issue and circulated in the gulf region. Its readership continues to expand in Asia, North Africa, Europe and North America and due to its increasing popularity and prestige, the journal continues to receive many manuscripts requesting publication in the forthcoming issues.

For more infomation please visit www.gffcc.org




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