Islamabad: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has said that cancer is a leading cause of deaths globally and needed stringent awareness campaign to save the lives of the people who died from this fatal disease.
He said this in his message on the World Cancer Day being observed throughout the globe today (Tuesday).
He said that the Cancer Day is observed to create awareness about the diseases and prevention aspects.
Unfortunately more than 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur in low income countries, where resources for prevention diagnosis and treatment of cancer are limited.
He said that healthy diet, physical activities and living in clean atmosphere has also proved helpful in reducing the risk factors of cancer and other chronic diseases. He said that a significant proportion of cancer can be cured if it is diagnosis at early stages.
He said that inequalities between developed and developing counties in term of cancer prevention, treatment and cure should be addressed. He also called upon the NGOs involved in Medical field to persuade people to take early medication to curtail cancer after it has been diagnosed.
He said that illiteracy, misconceptions and social stigmas; lack of medical and infrastructure facilities are the major challenges hurdles in combating this fatal disease.
He asked the federal and the provincial health departments to provide diagnostic and treatment facilities for cancer at all the hospitals especially in the rural areas on priority basis.