Dubai: Dubai Science Park, a part of TECOM Group PJSC, is launching an interactive awareness campaign to inform UAE citizens about the importance of early screening for the detection of colon cancer for National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the UAE, accounting for 8.9 percent of total cancer-related deaths. Globally, over 1.9 million new cases and 930,000 deaths were estimated in 2020, with 3.2 million new cases predicted by 2040. Regular screening is the key to preventing colorectal cancer. At present, only around four out of 10 patients catch colorectal cancer at an early stage before its spreads.
Under the slogan ‘Stools Saves Lives’, Dubai Science Park will highlight the simple, yet vital, medical detection tools for residents to check for colorectal polyps regularly. These polyps can take up to 10 to 15 years to mature, so early detection is paramount for easier and safer treatments and can increase the five-year survival rate to 90 percent.
Sitting stools with clever punchlines will be placed across TECOM Group business parks, urging people to get tested for colon cancer. Visitors can scan QR codes on the stool to register for free consultations and 50 percent off testing, sponsored by Neuro Spinal Hospital, which is located at Dubai Science Park, and use the hashtag #BeatColonCancer to help spread the word to family and friends.
Mr. Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Science Park, part of TECOM Group, stated that, “Health and wellbeing have always been priorities of the UAE leadership, further emphasised under ‘We the UAE 2031’. Over almost 20 years, Dubai Science Park has championed medical excellence by creating a global ecosystem dedicated to players across the pharma, health and wellness sectors. Launching the ‘’Stools Saves Lives’ campaign with our strategic customer Neuro Spinal Hospital is part of our efforts to educate residents about the importance of early screening and detection. As we strive to cement Dubai as a global medical hub, our commitment to promoting healthcare must start at home.”
Neuro Spinal Hospital, which opened its $190 million next-generation facilities at Dubai Science Park in 2021, offers a variety of cutting-edge colorectal cancer detection tools that allow for early detection and prevention. The ‘Stools Saves Lives’ campaign will run throughout March until Mid-April.
Dubai Science Park is part of TECOM Group’s portfolio of business districts that include Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Outsource City, Dubai Design District (d3) and Dubai Industrial City.