Rawalpindi - A dedicated unit to consolidate the data of cancer patients has been established in Surgical Department Unit 1 of Holy Family Hospital yesterday on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

The launching ceremony of Cancer Registry organised to mark World Cancer Day was attended by eminent oncologists, senior faculty members of Rawalpindi Medical College and other hospitals, medical students, nursing and paramedical staff members.

Principal RMC and Chief Executive Allied Hospitals, Professor Dr Muhammad Umar was the chief guest. Addressing on the occasion, he said RMC has focused to update all specialties in teaching hospitals and in order to get relevant data and improve the services of healthcare in hospitals, cancer registry has been established with the assistance of surgical specialists and young doctors. He said according to the WHO, if the incidence of cancer continues to grow at the reported rate, the number of deaths worldwide from cancer will increase to more than 13.1 million by 2030. However, as many as 40 percent of deaths from cancer are preventable because more than 70 percent of deaths from cancer occur in economically less-developed countries like Pakistan. He said World Cancer Day and the World Cancer Campaign have become important mechanisms for drawing attention to cancer prevention and treatment in these countries.

Dr Kamran Rasheed, Head of Oncology Department Shifa International Hospital, addressing the participants said that there was no national cancer registry in Pakistan. Prof Dr Jhangir Sarwar Khan highlighting global burden of cancer said that cancer is an ominous and scary disease but due to early diagnosis and proper treatment there are increased chances of recovery. He said cancer registry established in HFH would help for compiling data, investigative reports, case studies and other necessary relevant information to mange more effective ways and methods to overcome this fatal disease.

He said cancer registry data would also be a source of future research in RMC and allied hospitals which would provide a guideline regarding patient management in right direction.

Dr Usman Qureshi briefed about the working of cancer registry and said that it would give an exact picture of disease. He said it would maintain data on a particular type of cancer.