Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. Millions of people are dying of it. According to World Cancer Report, in a year nearly 10 million people are infected by cancer and in 2020, the cancer patients will be 16 million and out of them half of the people will die. In Pakistan each year, more than 300,000 people are being affected by cancer and mostly the cases are occurring in Punjab. Cancer is spread by the use of tobacco and alcohol as well as the lack of exercise, obesity and taking an inadequate diet. It was estimated that in Karachi, every year 500,000 children are addicted to gutka. Beside this, very few good cancer hospitals are present in Pakistan and thus people are unable to get themselves treated. It is the government’s responsibility to take a serious action and provide better facilities to cancer patients.

SANAULLAH SAMAD,

Turbat, June 21.