IARC Welcomes Saudi Arabia as Its Newest Member

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), affiliated with the World Health Organization, organized an official celebation and raised the flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a new member of the agency during its sixty-sixth meeting in the French city of Lyon.

Secretary General of the Saudi Health Council, Nahar bin Mazki Al-Azmi said that being member of the IARC reflects Saudi Arabia’s  role as a pioneering global leading country in preventing diseases, and containing the spread of cancer and its complications with a solid scientific methodology. The Kingdom’s government pays great attention to cancer and all preventive, curative and social aspects.

Al-Azmi added that joining the International Agency for Research on Cancer will have a positive impact on developing comprehensive programs at the regional and international levels. These programs will aim to enhance research capacity in the field of cancer, meet the needs of cancer control, register cancer cases, detect it early. They will further improve researches, capacity building, and evaluation of cancer control programs.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer was established in 1965 and is affiliated with the World Health Organization. Its membership includes 28 countries, and its headquarters are in the French city of Lyon.

It works to identify the causes of cancer and take preventive measures against them, conduct and coordinate medical research related to the causes of the disease, and collect data about getting cancer and recovering from it in various countries of the world and publish international reports on that.

The agency also issues a series of research studies on the risks likely to cause cancer.

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