Every year 1.5 lakh people are diagnosed with new cancer in Bangladesh. Among them 1 lakh 8 thousand died.
The Department of Health says that 67 percent of the total deaths in the country are caused by various non-communicable diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Speakers said this at the World Cancer Day awareness program at Apollo-Imperial Hospital on Saturday morning.
Professor Dr. Rabiul Hossain, chairman of Apollo- Imperial Hospital, was the chief guest at the cancer day program organized under the slogan 'Deficiency in treatment and care of cancer patients'.
He said, Chattogram has not yet developed a complete cancer treatment center, so we have to take initiatives in this regard. For that purpose, we are working jointly with Apollo Hospitals, a renowned medical service organization in India. We have plans to establish a world class cancer treatment center in Chattogram.
He said that Apollo Imperial Hospital is already treating blood cancer patients at low cost. At present, through the telehealth system, the system of giving treatment through teleconference in coordination with the doctors of Apollo Hospital of other countries with the doctors of Apollo Imperial Hospital of Chattogram is in process. Which can be done in Chattogram for accurate diagnosis, treatment, operation or chemotherapy, radiotherapy and check-up of cancer patients, and the treatment of cancer patients will be affordable and they will not have to go abroad for follow-up.
Dr. Fahmida Ahmed, Associate Consultant, Department of Hematology, Apollo Imperial Hospital, presented an article on cancer awareness in the event.
He mentioned that the estimate of the international organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that one and a half million people are newly diagnosed with cancer in Bangladesh every year. Among them 1 lakh 8 thousand died.
The Department of Health says that 67 percent of the total deaths in the country are caused by various non-communicable diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. According to doctors, the incidence of cancer is increasing due to lack of public awareness.
The 4 important components of cancer control are primary prevention, early detection of cancer through regular screening, curative and palliative care or palliative care. Therefore, there is a need to increase public awareness about cancer. It is important to be aware of what kind of disease it is, what causes the risk, and what can be done to prevent it.