The role of primary health care in prevention, early detection, and control of cancer

Salwa Bahkali*, Mowafa Househ, Amin Bawazir, Mohamed Khalifa, Mohamud Sheikh

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and the incidence is growing. Recent evidence shows a reduced risk of dying from cancer. For years Primary Health Care (PHC) has played a vital role in promoting health, but little has been done in emphasizing its role in reducing the incidence of and mortality from cancer through performing early diagnosis. PHC is directly involved in the initial diagnosis of more than 85% of all cancer cases worldwide (Vedsted & Olesen, 2009). PHC also has an important role in the public awareness about the importance of screening, especially in high-risk patient groups. The interaction between the patient and the health service is crucial in ensuring that relevant alarming symptoms are presented and that action is taken at the earliest possible time. This chapter aims to explore the role of primary healthcare in the prevention, early detection, and control of cancer in a developing nation - Saudi Arabia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOncology
Subtitle of host publicationbreakthroughs in research and practice
Place of PublicationPennsylvania
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781522506386
ISBN (Print)9781522505495
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This work was previously published in 2015 in 'Transforming Public Health in Developing Nations' edited by Mohamud Sheikh, Aziza Mahamoud, and Mowafa Househ, pp. 52-67. Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global).


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