Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Widespread of cancer in Afghanistan has turned in to a serious medical, social, and economic problem. Yearly twenty thousand people added into the number of people suffering from the deadliest disease.
BNA medical affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes January 30 marked as counter cancer day across the world aiming to draw the intention of world communities in to one of the deadliest diseases that annually claim the lives of thousands people all over the world. The disease is unexpectedly disseminating in Afghanistan, as the Ministry of Public Health confirms that annually twenty thousand people are adding to number of infected people to cancer in the country, among them 3500 people suffering breast cancer that takes annually the lives of 1700 women. Dissemination of cancer has originated from many reasons such as smoking, using drugs, non–safety of foodstuffs, decreasing physical activities, environmental pollution, prolongation of war have been introduced as the main factors that cause the wide speared of cancer among the suffering people of this country.
Rapidly declining of weight, carnage, and existence of tumor in the body are the main symptoms of cancer. Stomach, throat, lungs, and mouth cancers are the most common cancers in Afghanistan. However, diagnosing and treatment of cancer is not very difficult in many countries, but fighting this fatal disease in Afghanistan has its problems and the treatment of the disease not meet the least expectations of the people. The situation must change; in order, the cancer-suffering people not leave the country for treatment abroad, because they besides suffering a lot problems, they spent millions of dollars abroad that is a severe blow on the country’s economy.
For changing the current situation in to the better, the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant organs should not spare any efforts to control the disease practically through adopting effective and practical programs. Although every year the relevant authorizes during anti–cancer day promise adopting measures and programs in that end, but unfortunately so far they have done much little to meet the expectation of the people. In order to meet the people’s expectations the authorities should establish medical centers for diagnosing and treatment of cancer not only in the capital but also across the country and taking care and treatment of people suffering from cancer should be one of the priorities of Public Health Ministry and other relevant organs.
For understanding the factors that cause the dissemination of cancer and preventing them, besides diagnosing centers of the disease a research center should also be establish and share the results of its research with the people and to prepare effective measures for the capacity building of relevant medical staff and strengthening and supporting medical institutions. Serious attention should pay for the safety of food, and prevention of importing low quality of foodstuff and monitoring the trade of fuels especially oil that cause air pollution. The media should take effective measures for awareness of the people in that regard. Only we can overcome this fatal disease through national mobilization, because as the previous experiences show, crying slogans and holding ceremonies is not sufficient for decreasing the number of people suffering from this deadly disease.