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Palestinian Medical Student Presents Research on Lung Cancer Risk Factors at World Congress, Highlights Need for Awareness and Prevention

Ahmad Mansour, a student at Al-Quds University's Faculty of Medicine, presented a research paper on lung cancer risk factors at the World Lung Cancer Congress (WCLC 2022) in Vienna, Austria. The paper, prepared by a Palestinian research team led by Dr. Muhammad Al-Shami and Mansour himself, aimed to assess the participants' awareness of the risk factors for lung cancer and identify ways to reduce the incidence and mortality of the disease.

Thanks to the travel grant provided by Al-Quds University, Mansour had the opportunity to meet leading researchers and doctors in the field of lung cancer and thoracic surgery, attend lectures and seminars, and review the latest research abstracts. He was also accepted as a member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), which will facilitate the development of treatment options and scientific research in lung cancer.

The study surveyed a total of 5,174 participants from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. It found that 50% of the study group were aware of 7-10 out of 10 risk factors for lung cancer, with smoking being the most recognized factor and family history of lung cancer the least. Smokers were less aware of the link between smoking and lung cancer than non-smokers.

The study's next step is to raise awareness of the risk factors and optimize targeting people in different environments using effective methods. The study found that participants over 45 years old, with post-secondary education, and earning salaries exceeding the minimum wage were more likely to be aware of the risk factors. The ultimate goal is to reduce the incidence and mortality of lung cancer by promoting early diagnosis and increasing patients' ability to manage symptoms based on their specific risk factors.

Mansour's presentation at the WCLC 2022 demonstrated Palestinian awareness of lung cancer and the commitment of Al-Quds University to supporting research and education in this field.

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