Jordan, February 5, 2019
Princess Ghida launches World Cancer Day awareness campaign

Amman, Feb. 4 (Petra) - HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center, launched the 'be up to the challenge' campaign on the occasion of World Cancer Day on Feb. 4.

The Princess launched the campaign last year under the motto 'up to the challenge.'

In a message on her social media accounts, Princess Ghida said: 'I call on everyone, cancer patients and survivors, doctors and researchers, and communities around the world to fight side by side to create a future without cancer.'

The campaign aims to stand by cancer patients and raise awareness in the community on the causes of the disease and means of prevention, as it plays an important role in defeating cancer.

According to the 2011 National Cancer Registry Report, cancer is the second leading cause of death in Jordan after heart disease. A total of 6,971 new cancer cases were registered, of whom 4,675 were Jordanian and 2,296 non-Jordanian. In 2011, the number of new cancer patients among Jordanians had dropped by 246, compared to 4,921 in 2010.

The top three most common cancers among males in Jordan are colon, lung and urinary bladder cancer, while for women the most common cancers are breast, colon and thyroid cancer.