70% cancer cases curable at primary stage: Expert


KARACHI: President, Child Aid Association (CAA), National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Karachi Prof Nizam-ul-Hasan on Thursday said about 600 children with various kinds of cancer received treatment in Oncology Unit of NICH last year, adding cancer cases in children are increasing day by day in Pakistan.

Prof Nizam told PPI here that Child Aid Association (CAA) has been providing totally free of cost treatment to children suffering from cancer coming from all over the country. He said CAA successfully treated about 600 children suffering from different kinds of cancer while 1441 patients were examined in OPD last year. He said majority of patients came from Sindh, Balochistan, Saraiki areas of Punjab province, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said eye, skin, kidney and blood cancers are most common cancers amongst children. He said eye caner is a genetic disease, and such cases are common in Sindh and Balochistan province. He said blood cancer is most common in children worldwide including Pakistan.

He informed that high-voltage power lines, towers of telephone & cellular companies in residential areas, use of betel nut, betel leaf and Shisha smoking are the major factors behind the rising cases of cancer in the society. Beside this lack of trained doctors, nurses and paramedical staff in the country to attend patients with cancer is another factor behind surge in cases in Oncology Unit at NICH.

He said 45 percent population of the country is comprised children from one day to 16 years old and two percent of them are suffering from various kind of cancer. He said 70 percent cancer cases are curable and treatable if the disease is diagnosed at primary stage and treatment starts on time.

He said unfortunately a good of number of people who come from interior Sindh, Balochistan and South Punjab leave the cancer treatment in middle stage as they cannot afford prolonged in Karachi due to economic issues. He said it is necessary that cancer treatment facilities are made available in other major towns and cities. He said the treatment of cancer is very costly and poor people could not afford it.

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