The Arab Medical Association Against Cancer (AMAAC) was established in 2001 based on the Arab Medical Union bylaws to fight cancer disease as a continuation of Arab Council Against Cancer which was founded in 1995, under the name of the "Arab Medical Association Against Cancer- AMAAC" by the efforts of our colleagues: Dr. Nagi El-Saghir, Dr. Sherif Omar, and Dr. Hussein Khaled. AMAAC headquarter locates in Cairo, Egypt.
AMAAC was established with a clear vision to raise the awareness of cancer prevention and control, to improve the level of knowledge of cancer professionals, and to raise efficacy of cancer treatment in Arab Countries.
Its mission that AMAAC activities reflect is consolidating the bonds of fellowship and brotherhood among the members, exchanging knowledge between members and establishing collaboration with international oncology societies in the Arab World. AMAAC also believes in the necessity of contributing with Health Authorities in solving national cancer problems in the Arab World, and is aware of the importance of participating in awareness campaigns and cancer control programs all over the Arab World. AMAAC plays a noticeable role in encouraging young Arab doctors to train within & outside the Arab Countries at well known medical centers.
AMAAC structure and variety of members enabled it to serve as one of the most active assosiciations in the Arab world, the members countries are 20 Arab country represented by 2 specialists in cancer treatment in all fields; the executive board of AMAAC is elected and consisted of the secretary General and 6 Associates.
AMAAC has been active in holding annual activities and participating in other conferences arranged by other Arab societies, such as AMAAC bi-annual congress that was held in Cairo, in May 2009, 10th Annual Pan Arab Cancer Congress, April 30 – May 2, 2010 in Algeria, 11th Annual Pan Arab Cancer Copngress 2011 in Casablanca (Morocco), 12th Annual Pan Arab Cancer Congress 2012 in Tunisia and 13th Annual Pan Arab Cancer Congress April 26 - 27 2013 in Amman (Jordan).
AMAAC participates in variant Joint meetings organized by other Arab & International organizations and bodies like: 12th ACOD Conference /Egypt, African Cancer Institute / Libya, SEMCO-ASCO-ASCOD / Egypt, Best of ASCO/ Lebanon, POS /Palestine, Best of San Antonio /Saudi Arabia, Head & Neck Symposium / Yemen, Best of San Antonio /Syria. The most recent joint activity that AMAAC was involved in was the Initiative to Improve Cancer Care in the Arab Countries meeting which took place on March 23/25, 2010 in Riyadh, KSA and was jointly organized by the National Guards Health Affairs in Riyadh, International Union Against Cancer (UICC), World Health Organization (WHO), Saudi Oncology Society, Saudi Cancer Society, Saudi Ministry of Health, and AMAAC Affiliated Societies.
AMAAC takes its responsibility in cancer awareness by issuing its formal oncology Journal of PAJO (Pan Arab Journal of Oncology) which issue quarterly around 2500 editions distributed allover the MENA area by the efforts of its Editor in Chief of PAJO our colleague Dr. Marwan Ghosn.
PAJO main objectives are to promote & encourage research activities in the Arab World, to disseminate & analyze epidemiological local, regional, & international data. Although PAJO works on updating health professionals with the most recent advances in the field of oncology by improving the level of Arab scientific publication and exposing health professionals to the activities of different Arab cancer societies. PAJO aims also to share with our immigrant compatriots their activities & feedback in this field and makes great efforts to involve all health professionals interested in the field of oncology within the multidisciplinary scope of the journal and to encourage post graduates students to submit their research work.