Int\'l Cancer Day to be observed Wednesday

Sun Online Desk

3rd February, 2015 06:22:28 printer

Int\'l Cancer Day to be observed Wednesday

The World Cancer Day will be observed Wednesday in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world for raising awareness against the disease.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) updated estimation, there are about 12 lakh cancer patients in the country and every year two lakh people are attacked by cancer and 1.5 lakh people die of the disease.

This year the theme of the Day is 'Not Beyond Us'. It takes place every year on 4 February.

This year the campaign will be articulated around four key areas of focus. These are, choosing healthy lives, delivering early detection, achieving treatment for all and maximizing quality of life.
According to WHO, 8.2 million people die of cancer every year while around 10.50 crore women are affected by breast cancer, the second deadly disease across the world each year globally and most of them are residing in the third world countries, including Bangladesh.

As per WHO the rate of cancer affected people and their deaths in Bangladesh are rising, mainly because of low literacy, poor awareness level and poor economic condition.