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2,400 breast cancer cases in Afghanistan

2,400 breast cancer cases in Afghanistan

Oct 31, 2019 - 19:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon on Thursday said a total of 40,000 people in Afghanistaninfo-icon suffered from cancer, with more than 2,400 contracting breast cancer.

Dr. Sayed Habib Arwal, in charge of incommunicable diseases control at MoPH, told a public awareness conference about breast cancer here that after heart diseases, cancer was the second largest cause of human deaths.

“Using tobacco is blamed for 30 percent to cancer diseases, unfortunately there are around 40,000 patients who are diagnosed with cancer in Afghanistan,” he said.

He said around 3,000 womeninfo-icon in 2018 were diagnosed with breast cancer, with 1,700 of them losing their lives.

Dr. Maihan Abdullah, in charge of cancer diseases control, told the conference that more than 10,000 patients visited hospitals in Afghanistan during ongoing 1398 solar yearinfo-icon and 2,400 of the patients were diagnosed with breast cancer.

He said lack of public awareness, shortage of breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services, professionals, complexity of the disease, economic problems, cultural and social conditions in the societyinfo-icon contributed to the increase in breast cancer.

Shinkai Karokhel, a lawmaker from Kabul, said that the number of breast cancer patients was much higher compared to figures announced by MoPH.

She said one of every six women in Afghanistan had breast cancer disease.

“Breast cancer is a silent tsunami, unfortunately I am also affected by this disease,” she said.

Shaherazada Hirji, head of Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan said that October was the month of public awarenss about breast cancer across the worldinfo-icon.

“Unfortunately this disease widely exists in Afghanistan and causes nearly 29 percent deaths in women”, she said.


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