The Medical Services Department at Abu Dhabi Police launched today (Monday) an awareness initiative for early detection of cervical cancer.

Colonel Jassem Al Tunaiji, Head of the Medical Services Department at Abu Dhabi Police pointed out that the initiative aims to raise awareness about cervical cancer. She noted the importance of periodical check-ups to detect the pathological cases in their early stages, and determine the appropriate treatment prior to any further complications.

Additionally, Al Tunaiji underlined that the Medical Services Department utilizes the most advanced and state-of-the-art equipment and devices that help physicians diagnose medical conditions and prescribe treatments that suit each medical condition. “The Department also strives to promote the efficiency of its staff members through organizing training programs and courses, and taking part in medical conferences at the local and international levels,” he added.

For her part, Lt. Colonel Dr. Najla Asaad Taher, Head of the Initiative of Early Detection of Chronic Diseases and Cancer emphasized that the Department has coordinated and cooperated with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi and the coordinating committees of the Medical Services Departments nationwide, in order to launch this initiative so as to include the Ministry of Interior’s employees, their families and the largest segment of the community.

Furthermore, Dr. Taher noted that according to global statistics, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among in women and the third leading cause of cancer deaths among women. “500,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year, and the global deaths amount to 50% of this number,” she explained.

On a similar note, Dr. Rasheeda Mohamed Abbass Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Medical Services Department at Abu Dhabi Police, advised to conduct the periodic early detection test in order to prevent cancer. “The periodic early detection test has been introduced since 2010 for all Abu Dhabi Police women employees, and the vaccination project started in 2013 for employees aged 15-18 and 18-26,” she indicated. Concluding; she stressed the need to carry out the early detection test every three years and take the vaccines that protect against this type of cancer.
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