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15,000 cancer patients die in 2018: MoPH

15,000 cancer patients die in 2018: MoPH

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Jun 16, 2019 - 19:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Around 15,000 cancer patients out of total 20,000 died in 2018, the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) said on Sunday.

MoPH officials addressing first “National Symposium on Breast Cancer” termed conducting such symposiums as important in terms of increasing people’s knowledge in this regard.

Dr. Fida Mohammad Piekan, deputy public health minister, said: “Due to lack of public awareness about cancers, especially breast cancer, mistakes are made in diagnosing such diseases.”

He termed breast cancer as second deadly disease after heart attack across the worldinfo-icon.

Around 10, 00,000 people with different types of cancers out of total 180, 00,000 died in 2018 worldwide.

Piekan said 30,000 to 40,000 Afghans contracted cancer disease in recent years and only 20,000 new cancer cases occurred across the country and 15,000 of them lost their lives.

He said around 1,700 womeninfo-icon breast cancer patients out of total 3,000 lost their lives in Afghanistaninfo-icon in 2018.

Shinkai Karokhel, a lawmaker from Kabul, who also suffered from breast cancer a few years back, said: “Receiving treatment on time in this regard is helpful and important and conducting such events for increasing of people awareness is also crucial.”

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