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Cancer is a Leading Cause of Deaths Globally and Needs Stringent Awareness Campaign to Save the Lives of the People: Says National Assembly Speaker

Islamabad: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly 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. She said this in her message on the World Cancer Day being observed throughout the globe tomorrow.

She said that the Cancer Day was observed to create awareness about the diseases and prevention aspects. The Speaker said cancer is leading cause of deaths globally and more than 70% of all cancer death occurred in low income countries, where resources from prevention diagnoses and treatment of cancer were limited.

She said that tobacco was the main cause of cancer and many cancers can be prevented by avoiding tobacco smoking. She 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. She said that a significant proportion of cancer can be cured if it was diagnosis at early stages.

She said that inequalities between developing counties in term of cancer prevention, treatment and cure needed to address. She also called upon the NGOs involved in Medical field to persuade people to take early medication to curtail this fatal disease after it has been diagnosed.

She asked the provincial health department to provide diagnostic and treatment facilities for cancer at all the hospitals especially in the rural areas on priority basis.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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