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Around 110 women die daily from breast cancer in Pakistan

Around 110 women die daily from breast cancer in Pakistan

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care.

New cases of cervical cancer rose by 12.2 per cent to 1,304, the organisation says.

Early cancer detection rates are also behind target, with the latest figures from July 2018 showing 25.3% of breast, colorectal and lung cancer patients were diagnosed at the earliest stage.

Although it can be said that more people are now aware about the disease, cancer detection has unfortunately increased over the years.

95% of promising discoveries from cancer research labs fail when drug companies test them in real patients.Given that only half of new cancer drugs are affordable enough for routine useonly 2.5% of cancer research discoveries are likely to end up benefiting patients.

In a more pragmatic way, a national cancer control programme (NCCP) has been put in place by WHO as a public health programme created to reduce the number of cancer cases and deaths and improve quality of life of cancer patients.




As the treatment is very expensive therefore, medical technology at SKMCH&RC is regularly being updated.

Low-dose CT scanning for lung cancer is expected to begin soon, it was announced.

Why Cancer? 9.5 million People die of Cancer each year- about 26,000 cancer deaths a day - and that number is predicted to grow. Currently, 20% of these patients with symptoms from their cancer present with an emergency complication of their disease, such as haemorrhage. It is better to get tested for any signs since the disease can be treated faster and better when detected through early diagnosis. Second, lifestyle has a major role to play here and it's not just bad habits, it's also lack of physical activity in the sedentary lifestyles led, with risk factors like obesity and improper diet habits. A healthy life style includes getting plenty of sunlight exposure to maintain vitamin D level. Screening identifies at most 10% of total cancers due to a combination of the type of cancers and the age groups offered screening.

It also found that almost one in five women (19%) are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer's recommended limit of consuming no more than 14 units per week to stay "low risk" from a range of health conditions, including cancer. Reduceexposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaner, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.

Regular drinking in any amount raises the risks, with the survey estimating that daily consumption of two units caused one extra woman out of every 50 to suffer from breast cancer.


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