Around 2, 500 peo­ple di­ag­nosed with can­cer

In Kur­dis­tan, can­cer rate is be­low stan­dard av­er­age, says KRG Min­istry of Health

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.”

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