The Health Ministers’ Council in its 43 conferences (Muharram 1418 – May 1997, Geneva) emphasized the importance of developing national programs for cancer prevention and control in each member states. Accordingly, the Executive Office of Health Ministers’ Council for the GCC States has established the Gulf Centre for Cancer Registration (GCCR) in 1998 as the basic element of the National Cancer Control and Prevention Programs to provide a consistent and reliable database for cancer incidence in the GCC States. Since then, the GCCR main office receives its technical and scientific support from the Research Center at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh. This initiative was followed by the development of the first 5-year Strategic plan (2004 – 2009), then a 10-year strategy (2010 – 2020) for Cancer Prevention and Control to provide a foundation for the development of a comprehensive coordinated national approach to cancer activities and services.
In February 2011, their Excellences Health Ministers approved another strategic collaboration and partnership initiative with KFSH&RC through the establishment of the Gulf Centre for Cancer Control and Prevention (GCCCP) in order to oversee the implementation of cancer control and prevention strategies in the GCC States. The GCCCP scope is to support services provided and comprises cancer control and prevention measures at all healthcare facilities in the GCC States as well as to implement high quality of care through prevention and control of cancer using research, training, education, collaborations, and public participation.
- Develop, update, and monitor regional strategies for cancer prevention and control in the GCC States.
- Develop evidence-based guidelines for cancer management in the primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare systems.
- Disseminate up-to-date knowledge on cancer control and prevention through conferences, workshops and scientific publications.
- Organize and coordinate fellowship programs and training courses using available resources at the KFSHRC and similar cancer institutions in the Gulf Region.
- Coordinate, facilitate, and initiate collaborative multicenter epidemiological and clinical cancer research.
- Enhance public awareness and community participation in cancer prevention and control programs.
- Encourage and coordinate governmental and non-governmental organizations participations in the implementation of the GCC Strategies for cancer control and prevention.
- Gulf Cancer Control and Prevention Strategies and Action Plans
- Introduced Revised 10-year Gulf Cancer Strategy(2016-2025)
- Produced evidence-based guidelines for Breast, Colon, Lymphoma, and Prostate cancer management.
- Established The 10-year strategy plan for Cancer Control and Prevention in the Gulf Region (2010-2020)
- Produced the first action plan for cancer research and training in the Gulf Region
- Developed First 5-year Gulf Cancer Control and Prevention Strategic plan (2004-2009)
- Cancer Incidence Reports
- Fifteen-Year Cumulative Cancer Incidence among Nationals of the GCC States1998-2012(on process)
- Twelve -Year Cumulative Cancer Incidence among Nationals of the GCC States, 1998-2009.
- Ten-Year Cumulative Cancer Incidence among Nationals of the GCC States, 1998-2007.
- Eight-Year Cumulative Cancer Incidence among Nationals of the GCC States, 1998-2005.
- Cancer Incidence among Gulf Cooperation Council States’ Nationals, 2004.
- Cancer Incidence among Gulf Cooperation Council States’ Nationals, 2003.
- Five-year Cumulative Cancer Incidence among Nationals of the GCC States, 1998-2002.
- Cancer Incidence Report Gulf Cooperation Council Countries 2002
- Cancer Incidence Report Gulf Cooperation Council Countries 2001
- Cancer Incidence Report Gulf Cooperation Council Countries 2000
- Cancer Incidence Report Gulf Cooperation Council Countries 1999
- Cancer Incidence Report Gulf Cooperation Council Countries 1998
- Consultations and Advisory reports
- Evaluation of Bahrain’s proposal on the establishment of Gulf Cancer Advanced Center (2014)