2nd Combined Gulf Cancer Conference

Postgraduate Centre, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre- Riyadh


Cancer is a major public health problem in developed and developing countries. It is the second leading cause of death worldwide. The global incidence of cancer was 14 million in 2012 and expected to rise to nearly 23 million by 2030. In Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region cancer incidence is expected to rise by 2 folds during next decade. Rapid improvement in healthcare together with the control of communicable diseases, increased life expectancy at birth, along with socioeconomic changes in modified lifestyles such as increased prevalence of tobacco use, decrease in physical activity and increased consumption of unhealthy foods resulted in increased incidence of cancer in the gulf region.

WHO reports that 40% of all cancers can be prevented, another 40% can be cured if diagnosed early and treated promptly. Therefore, fighting against cancer demands integrated approach between primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare. A significant challenge will be in providing workforce required to manage cancer with most countries in the region facing severe shortage of specialists including; oncologists, pathologists, radiotherapists, and personnel to operate other related services.

We aim at this conference to address local, regional, and global experiences on mass and opportunistic cancer screening programs in light of WHO recommendations in order to advance our knowledge and generate regional recommendations on cancer screening and early detection programs. The proposed three-day conference will be an opportunity for healthcare providers and cancer control experts, decision makers, economists, non-governmental organizations, and public activists to exchange their experience in cancer screening and detection as a significant tool in reducing economic and social burdens of cancer care in the Gulf region.


Conference Objectives:

  1. To present current status of cancer burden and its economic and social impacts (cost-effectiveness) on cancer morbidity and mortality in the gulf region.
  2. To share regional experiences on cancer screening and early detection activities and their role in improving cancer care outcomes over the past decades.
  3. To present latest state-of-the-art technologies in cancer screening and early detection.
  4. To present and discuss mutual benefits of building bridges between public and private healthcare providers on cancer screening and early detection activities in light of local and regional cancer control strategies and healthcare transformational vision.
  5. To present and evaluate local and regional preventive and management protocols and guidelines in the gulf countries.
  6. To encourage collaborations between different gulf organizations on cancer care, research, and capacity building programs to overcome acute gaps and shortage of skilled personnel


Conference Slogan: “Cancer Screening and Early Detection: Time to Act”

For many decades healthcare policy makers, clinicians, researchers, as well as the general population have had long disputes on the importance of launching population-based versus opportunistic cancer screening programs from cost-effectiveness concerns to clinical and social importance.



  • Burden of cancer in the Gulf region
  • Priorities for cancer screening and early detection in the Gulf region
  • Role of secondary prevention on cancer care outcomes
  • Regional and national guidelines for primary and secondary prevention
  • Public Private Partnership for better cancer care services
  • Networking and Capacity Building
  • State-of-the-art modalities for cancer screening and early detection


Speakers : Please visit the site www.gcccp.net 


Who should attend:

  • Oncologists
  • Scientists
  • Public Health Specialists
  • Cancer Control Professionals
  • Health Planners and Policy Makers
  • Health Economists
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Public Activists
  • NGOs


Accreditation: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS)


For Registration and Fees:



For registration please contact the following: http://gcccp.net/?page_id=24 



  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
  • Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention
  • Gulf Health Council
  • Gulf Federation for Cancer Control


Activity Director:

Dr. Ali Saeed Al-Zahrani

Principal Clinical scientist / Senior Consultant

Executive Director, Gulf Center for Cancer Control and prevention

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre