Over 15 lakh cancer patients in Bangladesh: WHO

DHAKA, Feb 3, 2019 (BSS)- Cancer patients are increasing day by day and at
present more than 15 lakh cancer patients in the country, according to a
updated estimation of World Health Organisation (WHO).

The report also showed that every year two lakh people are attacked by
cancer and 1.5 lakh people die of the disease.

The World Cancer Day will be observed tomorrow in the country as elsewhere
across the world for raising awareness and education about cancer and aiming
to press the governments and individuals to take action against the disease.

World Cancer Day event takes place every year on February 4 to unite the
world’s population to fight against cancer.

Different organisations chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the
day in a befitting manner.

This year the theme of the Day is ‘I Am and I Will’, which refers —
Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for
yourself, the people you love and for the world. It’s time to make a personal
commitment.

This year the campaign will be articulated around four key areas of focus.
These are, choosing healthy lives, delivering early detection, achieving
treatment for all and maximizing quality of life.

As per WHO the rate of cancer affected people and their deaths in
Bangladesh are rising, mainly because of low literacy, poor awareness level
and poor economic condition.

Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any
part of the body. Cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow
beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of
the body and spread to other organs.

To mark the day, the Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque would
join a discussion at National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital (NICRH)
at Mohakhali in the city.

Ahsania Mission Cancer and General Hospital (AMCGH) will organise a two-day
programme. A rally would organise at 9 am from AMCGH Mirpur Hospital tomorrow
and a discussion would also be held at the same venue where State Minister Dr
Murad Hasan will present as the chief guest.