AURAK and Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital Wage War on Cancer

February 26, 2018,

The Department of Biotechnology (SAS) and the Risk Management Office at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), in partnership with Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital (SKSH), held a Public Health Awareness Campaign concerning cancer prevention for the AURAK student body and staff.

SKSH specialist, Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud, welcomed the audience giving way to Dr. Hyeyoung Oh’s presentation “Early Detection of Cancer: Past, Present, and Future.” She compared the mortality rates of cancer patients whose cancer was diagnosed in the early developmental stages due to preventative measures versus that of when cancer was diagnosed in later, advanced stages. She compared the cost of treating Gastric Cancer in the early stages to that of treatment in the later, advanced stages; Gastric Cancer diagnosed in the early stages would require two days and one night of treatment and cost roughly 7,2000 AED without the need for chemotherapy or outpatient clinics and consultations. The same cancer diagnosed in the advanced stages would require treatment for thirteen days and twelve nights and cost 32,333 AED. Seven days and six nights of chemotherapy should be expected and cost 10,000 AED, and the outpatient and clinic and consultations would cost 56,667 AED, totaling 990,000 AED. Dr. Oh asked students to draw their own conclusion: which they thought was better? She provided them with pictures of minor healing incisions left over after cancer procedures where the cancer was diagnosed in early stages and pictures where entire appendages were amputated from surgeries of cancers that were diagnosed in more advanced stages. Dr. Oh also enlightened the students on Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital’s wonderful facilities and the many preventative packages and screenings they offer.

Students were amazed with the new surgical techniques used to treat Gaestric Cancer that they learned about.

Mrs. Katrine Gatchalian ended the presentation with a supplementary lecture over the essentials of safety in the laboratory, including their Teacher’s Responsibilities, Student Responsibilities, Personal Protective Equipment, The Types of Labels, Chemical Storage, Emergency Equipment and Procedures, and Laboratory Hygiene.

Students found the event’s information practical and it helped them to feel confident about their upcoming classes at AURAK, “I learned new safety rules for the laboratory that will help me protect myself when I am in my biology and chemistry labs.”

After the presentation family physicians from SKSH provided free medical consultations; students took advantage of a blood pressure check, a random blood sugar check, a body composition analyzer, and a smoke analyzer.  Mrs. Katrine hopes to continue to collaborate with the university with the campaign’s aim to promote health, prevent disease, and prolong life.