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Cancer cases worldwide set to rise 77pc in next 25 years

Cancer cases worldwide set to rise 77pc in next 25 years

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5 Feb 2024 - 19:19
Cancer cases worldwide set to rise 77pc in next 25 years
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5 Feb 2024 - 19:19

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday expressed concern about lack of cancer treatment facilities and asked investors to invest in this sector.

MoPH held a program to mark World Cancer Day that falls on February 4, with participants talking about increasing cancer rates on global level;

The representative of the World Health Organization said 20 million people diagnosed with cancerworldwide in 2022.

Officials: Cancer cases on rise in Afghanistan.

Dr Rasouli Mangal, National Cancer Control Programme head, said that cancer cases were increasing in Afghanistan.

He said since its establishment in 2015, the National Cancer Control Program provided services to 140,000 people suffering from the disease.

He said currently 130 cancer patients daily referred to the centre and diagnosis of the disease had improved in the country.

But he said that currently no radiotherapy service was available in the country and patients had to go abroad.

Regarding the fact that the program is currently being operated in Ibn Sina Hospital, he said: “We do not have a proper building, our patients are many, but beds are few, we are facing a shortage of specialists, we have financial problems that must be solved..”

He added that attention should be paid to capacity building and training programs should be provided for specialists and specialists who had gone abroad should be invited to train other cadres.

He called on charitable institutions, businessmen and investors to help and invest in preparing medical devices and creating a special equipped hospital for cancer patients.

Meanwhile, Dr. Habibullah Akhundzada Hamid, Deputy Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Public Health, called cancer incurable and said the disease claimed millions of lives worldwide every year.

He added that Afghanistan was part of the world community and every year a large number of people contracted cancer due to various reasons.

Also, Dr. Delaram Menawal, the representative of the World Health Organization, said in this program that in 2022, almost 20 million people in the world were diagnosed with cancer, with nearly 7.9 million dying from the disease.

He added: “Cancer cases will rise 77 percent by 2050.”

He called obesity, tobacco use, air pollution, improper diet and lack of physical activity were key factors.

In 2022, he said, mostly breast cancer was prevented in the world and many diagnosed with lung, breast, liverand esophagus cancers

He advised the people to do exercise regularly and use a proper diet.


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