• 2/7/2021

    Doha, 7 February, 2021: At the occasion of the World Cancer awareness day, which is internationally celebrated on 4th February every year and aims to raise worldwide awareness on cancer, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Tobacco Control Center issued a warning of cancer due to tobacco smoking.

    Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla, Head of HMC Tobacco Control Center, explained that tobacco smoking is a major cause of certain types of cancer and a minor cause of other types of the disease. He stated that that non-smoker individuals who are repeatedly exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke (negative smokers) are also susceptible to cancer. Tobacco smoking by women during pregnancy can lead to genetic disorders and even Leukaemia in babies, Dr. Al Mulla warned.

    “Types of cancer caused by tobacco smoking include carcinomas of the Lung, Throat and mouth, Oesophagus, Kidney, Bladder, Prostate, and cervical Cancer. Tobacco smoking is also a factor leading to other types of cancer such as Liver, Stomach, Pancreas, and Colon cancers as well as Leukaemia said Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla”.

    Speaking on the mechanism of how agents contained in tobacco can cause cancer, Dr. Ahmad Al Mulla said:” There are more than 60 cancer- causing ingredients in tobacco that are capable of effecting multiple disorders in the genetic structure of body cells. These cells try hard to resist and prevent such disorders from happening, but, eventually, the cells cannot resist anymore and they become cancerous. Moreover, tobacco smoking reduces body immunity thus promoting a vigorous growth of many types of cancer.

    Dr.Jamal Abdullah, Smoking Cessation Specialist at HMC's Tobacco Control Center says that those who quit smoking early can reverse much of the damage caused by the dangerous habit and reduce the risks of cancer. He called upon smokers not to procrastinate the move to quit smoking. Individuals who underrate the importance of immediate cessation of the habit often regret it, especially when they find out that the damage was done and it was too late to reverse such damage.

    Many of the smokers who sought support at HMC's Tobacco Control Center succeeded in kicking the bad habit. With the help of first- class care and advanced medications they managed to quit smoking and start afresh with a new tobacco free life thus saving themselves and those living around them the hazards and serious complications of tobacco smoke.

    HMC's Tobacco Control Center takes the opportunity of the World Cancer Awareness Day to call on smokers to take advantage of the services provided by the Center and take immediate action on tobacco smoking cessation and seek the Center’s support by calling one of the following numbers: 40254981-50800959