Cancer pa­tients in Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SANAULLAH SAMAD

Cancer is called the most dead­li­est dis­ease in the world in­clud­ing Pak­istan, where mil­lion of peo­ple die of cancer. Ac­cord­ing to World Cancer Re­port, in a year nearly 10 mil­lion peo­ple are in­fected by cancer and in 2020, the cancer pa­tients will be 16 mil­lion and from them half of peo­ple will die. In Pak­istan each year, more than 300,000 peo­ple are be­ing af­fected by cancer and mostly the cases are oc­cur­ring in Pun­jab.

Cancer spreads by the use of to­bacco, al­co­hol and gutka, lack of ex­er­cise, obe­sity and in­ad­e­quate diet. It was es­ti­mated that in Karachi, ev­ery year 5 lac chil­dren are get­ting ad­dicted to gutka. Be­side this, due to the lack of cancer hos­pi­tals, the peo­ple don’t get treat­ment of the deadly dis­ease. It is gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity to take a se­ri­ous ac­tion and pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties to cancer pa­tients and im­pose a strict ban on the things, which are the cause of cancer. —Tur­bat, Balochis­gan

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