Cancer in the UAE

Cancer in the UAE
Cancer is a significant cause of death and disability in the United Arab Emirates. Cancer is the third cause of death and disability after injuries and cardiovascular disease in the United Arab Emirates. Cancer has led to 10% of deaths suffered in 2010 in UAE. However, it does not much with cardiovascular disease that causes the largest numbers of fatalities. According to Khan and Woolhead (2015), the top five forms of cancer among males in the UAE include prostrate, leukemia, colorectal, non-hodgkins, and brain cancer. Among the females, the five major form of cancer includes breast, leukemia, colorectal, thyroid, and uterus. In other countries including UK, Germany and Japan, brain cancer and leukemia are also popular. However, colorectal cancer is not popular among these countries compared to the UAE. For instance, in the UK, the most common forms of cancer include breast cancer, prostrate, lung, and bowels. In the UAE, lung and bowel cancers are not common.
Q2: Susceptibility
The patient being a female, conducting a genetic testing (HER2, BRCA) that results to a positive outcome would convince the patient about her susceptibility and enhance awareness about her health status.
Q3: Benefit
Positive test results from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal, and targeted therapy would be beneficial to the patients. The therapies should help improving the health condition of the patient.
Implementing the health belief model is beneficial to the patient as it reduces the cancer risks and limits the degree of health problems associated with cancer. The advantage of the health behavior model is the ability to influence change.
Q4: Seriousness
Adverse test results after conducting the therapy would indicate the seriousness of the cancer from the patient. Recommending the patient use other alternative therapy methods would show the negative outcomes associated with the health problem.
Q5: Barriers
Being a Muslim, RAK would face cultural and family barriers that would limit his choice of medical strategies. She is also illiterate, a situation that could affect her ability to understand the medical procedures.
Q6: Self-efficacy
RAK could rely on the recommendations from the test results that include the use of total mastectomy procedure and other medical therapies. Good progress from the targeted therapies could show the efficiency of the treatment methods.

Khan, S., & Woolhead, G. (2015). Perspectives on cervical cancer screening among educated Muslim women in Dubai (the UAE): a qualitative study. BMC Women’s Health, 15(1), 90.

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