ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday called for creating awareness and early diagnosis of cancer as these measures can help reduce the risk of disease.
He said that the incidences of cancer were rising in Pakistan and it required timely diagnosis and adequate treatment facilities to cope with the situation.
The President made these remarks at a briefing about cancer cases, particularly breast cancer, in Pakistan here at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Chairman, Cancer Care Hospital and Research Center (CCHRC), Lahore, Prof Dr Shahryar, Prof Dr Areesha Zaman and Prof Dr Nabila Shami attended the meeting. Chairman CCHRC, Prof Dr Shahryar, briefed the meeting about the cancer cases and the treatment facilities being provided by his organisation.
He informed that around 353,000 people got afflicted with cancer every year and only 71,000 patients were getting adequate treatment while the rest remained deprived due to the lack of sufficient healthcare facilities.
He also highlighted the achievements of CCHRC that provided free-of-cost treatment to the patients.
The President appreciated the efforts and contributions of CCHRC Lahore, in providing free-of-cost treatment facilities to cancer patients.