President Dr Arif Alvi has 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.
He made these remarks at a briefing about cancer cases, particularly breast cancer, in Pakistan, 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 organization.
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 health care 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 Cancer Care Hospital and Research Center (CCHRC), Lahore, in providing free-of-cost treatment facilities to cancer patients.