0.15m people die of cancer annually in BD: WHO

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 27 Nov 2016, 20:28:07

0.15m people die of cancer annually in BD: WHO

150,000 people die of cancer every year in Bangladesh. Moreover, nearly 200,000 people are attacked by the disease annually in the country.

Speakers on Sunday revealed the information at a meeting, quoting World Health Organisation (WHO) data.

They also said there are around 1.2 million cancer patients in the country, reports BSS.

The function was organised on the occasion of launching of JBFH Breast and Stomach Cancer Care Centre at Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) at Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Eminent cancer specialist Professor Dr AMM Shariful Alam inaugurated the centre, while Chairman of the hospital Prof Sardar A Nayeem presided over the function.

Prof Dr Anisur Rahman, Prof Dr Md mizanur Rahman and Managing Director of JBFH Dr Jonaid Shafiq and CEO Dr RM Samiul Hasan spoke at the function, among others. 

Stating the cancer has almost turned into an epidemic in the country, the speakers said thousands of people go to different countries for treatment of cancer. As a result billions of Taka gets spent abroad.

They said a "coordinated medical treatment" is possible in the country for cancer patients if the physicians are sincere and a coordinated initiative is taken. 

The function was informed that the JBFH Cancer Care Centre has been set up comprising best doctors and most modern equipment.

A separate chemotherapy unit has been introduced for breast and stomach cancer in the centre. - IH
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