Around 2, 500 people diagnosed with cancer
In Kurdistan, cancer rate is below standard average, says KRG Ministry of Health
In 2013, more than 2, 500 people were diagnosed with different kinds of cancers in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Health announced on Wold Cancer Day on February 4.
The ministry announced a week-long campaign to raise awareness of the Region’s people to protect themselves from affecting with the disease.
KRG’s Minister of Health, Rekawt Hama-Rasheed, declared the number of those affected with the disease in Kurdistan. He said that his ministry recorded 2, 531 cases of cancers in 2013 alone. Of which around 29 were among the Syrian refugees who have taken shelter in Kurdistan.
“Around 130 cancer patients have been sent abroad to take advanced medical treatment,” said Minister Rasheed.
Regarding breast cancer, around 800 cases were recorded by the ministry in last year. Despite the high recorded numbers, the KRG officials are still optimistic that the cancer rate is still below international standard average.
The latest statistics from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer says that if current trends continue, the global burden of new cancer cases will surge from 14.1 million in 2012 to 19.3 million by 2025.
According to international studies, sixty years ago 1 out of 3 people who were diagnosed with the disease were survived. Now, 2 out of 3 people will survive.
International studies demonstrate that 300 out of 100, 000 people were diagnosed with cancer worldwide in last year, and the number is estimated to be around 50 out of 100, 000 in Kurdistan.
Cancer represents over 100 diseases and is basically abnormal cell that have grown out of control, and it is a major cause of mortality all over the world.
According to figures, half of all men and one-third of women in America would be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
The medics believe that there are several incorrect myths spread among people in all communities worldwide about cancer, and that they are not true.
A common myth is that “Nothing can be done about cancer. Treatment is only meant to delay death.”
But the medics say that if the disease can be diagnosed in early steps and with right treatment strategies, at least one-third of common cancers can be prevented and treated.
According to a study carried out in India in 2008, 0.64 million deaths were reported with cancer. Then the number reduced to 0.56 million in 2010. The number of cancer survivors is increasing slowly.
The eighth annual World Cancer Day is focusing on downgrading the four key myths, which are: “We do not need to talk about cancer. There are no signs and symptoms. There is nothing I can do about cancer. I do not have the right to cancer care.”