200,000 new cancer cases emerge every year in Pakistan

KARACHI: It is estimated that around 0.2 million people become cancer patients in Pakistan every year and environmental pollution, contaminated water and smoking have major role in rapid spread of cancer.

In-charge Cancer Ward, Civil Hospital Karachi, Dr Noor Muhammad Soomro, while talking to PPI news agency, said World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. He said it is estimated that around 0.2 million people become cancer patients in Pakistan every year, out of them 25,000 to 30,000 cases are reported from Sindh province alone.

He said mouth cancer cases are common in Sindh province due to rising trend of chewing the chalia, pan, gutka, smoking cigarettes, sheesha and other tobaccos substance. He said occurrence of mouth cancer can be reduced 35percent by quitting all these items containing harmful chemicals that lead towards cancer disease.

He said feared that liver cancer will become the leading disease in Pakistan in upcoming years due to reporting of large number hepatitis B & C cases every year in the country. He said transplantation of liver is very costly which could not be afforded by poor people.

He said 125,000 patients visited their ward during last four year and out of them 12,000 cases of different kinds of cancer were confirmed. He said 60 to 80 patients with different kinds of cancer visit the Outpatient Department (OPD) of CHK Cancer ward daily basis.

Senior leader of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Center Dr SM Qaiser Sajjad informed that cancer was rapidly spreading in the developing countries like Pakistan. He said mouth, breast, liver, lungs and stomach cancer cases are more common in our country.

Dr Qaisar sajjad said breast cancer used to be considered number one cancer-related disease in Pakistan in past, but unfortunately now the mouth cancer has become number one cancer in country, especially in Sindh province. He said major causes of mouth cancer include increasing trend of chewing the betel leaf, betel nut, smoking cigarettes and Sheesha among the students and elders.

He said mouth cancer is common disease nowadays in younger generation. He said mostly people are unaware that how dangerous the liquid of betel nut and gutka is which are manufactured from hazardous chemicals.

He said rising trend of sheesha smoking is another major issue faced by Pakistan nowadays as sheesha is 200 times more harmful than cigarette. He said regular smoking of sheesha may lead to cancer of the lungs, mouth, stomach and other diseases.

He demanded of the government immediately impose ban on betel nut import which would automatically reduce occurrence of oral cancer in the country.

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