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Over 420 cancer diseases registered in Balkh last month

The Public Health Department of the country’s Northern Province of Balkh in the past month of the current solar year has registered 432 cancer diseases, showing a sharp increase compared to the same time in the previous year, the provincial PHD said in a statement the other day. The head of the oncology department of Balkh Regional Hospital, Ehsanullah Kaliwal said there has been a significant increase in the number of patients with cancer in the province and 423 cancer diseases have been registered in the first month of the current solar year, according to the statement. “In 1401, about 2,613 OPD (outpatient department) cases were registered with the hospital but in 1402, the figures were 4,912 cases,” the statement quoted Ehsanullah Kaliwal as saying. Meanwhile, some doctors said genetic factors, environmental pollution, arbitrary use of medicines, and excessive consumption of meat were reasons for the sharp increase. However, a large percentage of cancer patients in Balkh have stomach cancer. Many of them have appealed for the government to improve treatment facilities. Based on the Latest Global Cancer Statistics of the American Cancer Society (ACS), cancer cases are expected to rise to 35 million worldwide by 2050. The report also shows cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in 37 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than 1 in 6 eligible girls have been vaccinated against HPV worldwide. According to ACS’s findings in 2024, an estimated 20 million cancer cases were newly diagnosed in 2022 and 9.7 million people died from the disease worldwide. By 2050, the number of cancer cases is predicted to reach 35 million. The studies rely on the worldwide estimates of cancer incidence and mortality produced by the IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). “This rise in projected cancer cases by 2050 is solely due to the aging and growth of the population, assuming current incidence rates remain unchanged,” said Dr. Hyuna Sung, senior principal scientist, cancer surveillance at the American Cancer Society and co-author of the report. “Notably, the prevalence of major risk factors such as consumption of unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, heavy alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking are increasing in many parts of the world and will likely exacerbate the future burden of cancer barring any large scale interventions.” Hussain

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.