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Princess Haifa Al-Faisal: Our partnership with Science & Technology and "Al-Faisal" Hospital, stresses the role of civil society organizations in health promotion

Her Royal Highness Princess Haifa bint Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chairperson of Zahra Breast Cancer Association, inaugurated today the 36th scientific meeting, titled "Breast cancer among women in the Kingdom", organized by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in collaboration with Zahra Breast Cancer Association in the hall King Salman bin Abdulaziz Hall at King Faisal Specialist Hospital (KFSH ( At the outset of the meeting, Princess Haifa al-Faisal welcomed the participants in this scientific meeting, thanking them for their constructive accomplishments, which will be added to the Kingdom's achievements in scientific research. Princess Haifa considered the Association's partnership with KACST and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFH & RC) as a solid confirmation of the role of civil society organizations in fostering health through providing the awareness and support services to conduct of research and studies, as well as tooling up new concepts, expertise and resources to increase access to health services and expand support opportunities in the planning and implementation of the programs in accordance with the requirements of the society; heavily stressing the importance of building bridges of cooperation, coordination and integration among all stakeholders including ministries and government bodies. The Princess called on all consultants and researchers to invest their expertise and research to ally with the civil society organizations to support improve and enrich standards.of services quality. Dr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Alsuwailem, KACST Vice-President for Scientific Research Support, stressed that breast cancer is the most common among women in most countries of the world compared to its other types; meanwhile commended the international efforts to combat it and highlighted that the Kingdom has paid all attention to fight diseases of cancer including the breast one and allocated huge budgets to eliminate their destructive effects on both the individual and the society, stressing that the detection of the disease in its early stages helps in achieving high cure rates. KACST Vice-President for Scientific Research Support revealed that KACST has focused on supporting scientific research in all types of cancer, where it supported 299 research project at a cost of more than 300 million riyals which dealt with several types of cancers, including blood cancer, lymphoma cancer, colorectal cancer, bone cancer, thyroid cancer, cervical cancer and ovarian cancer. As for breast cancer, Dr. Alsuwailem underlined that KACST's support has focused on novelties in areas of diagnosis, treatment and health care for patients whereas the number of supported researches for this disease mounted to 90 with a support that exceeded 100 million riyals. Dr. Qasim Othman AlQasabi, KFH & RC Chief Executive Officer and Chairman affirmed that both the Hospital and the Research Center are pound to be forerunners in fields of breast cancer research and treatment which is totally evident when reviewing scientific journals and scientific publications issued by the most prestigious institutions. Dr. AlQasabi chalked out that KFH accommodates the most advanced medical technology used by an integrated medical team with global capabilities and academic and research potentialities over the years who has been able to assume a prominent rank globally. Then events the meeting began by the first lecture given by Dr. Adeel Chaudhry , King Abdulaziz University, titled "Evaluation of the typical expressions of the gene that causes the disease using multiple technologies of molecular genetics of breast cancer," then Dr. Hazem Gheeba, KFSH, gave the second lecture entitled "Study of the immune- ability of the stem cells for breast cancer" Dr. Ashraf Dalloul, King Abdulaziz University, gave the third lecture entitled" Establishment of a road-map for the breast cancer in the western region of the kingdom"