Alexa 108K cancer death per yr: Malek

Dhaka, Tuesday   25 February 2020


Cancer patients’ number drops

108K cancer death per yr: Malek

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:44 PM, 3 March 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Health Minister Jahid Malek informed the Jatiya Sangsad that there are, 1lakh 50 thousand and781 people have been identified cancer affected in 2018 and the number is dropping gradually. Among them 1 lakh 8 thousand 113 people died he also informed.

 “The number of cancer patients in Bangladesh stands at 1, 50, 781,” the minister said replying to a query of treasury bench member also the MP of Chattogram-2 constituency,  M Abdul Latif during the question and answer session in the House with Deputy Speaker Fazlee Rabbi Miah in the chair on Sunday.

Referring to a report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC-2018 (World Health Organization), the minister said of them, 1,08,137 cancer-affected people have died .

Jahid Malek said although the number of cancer patients is increasing due to tobacco, air pollution and unsafe food habit, the comparative studies of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) ,2009 and GATS, 2017 says the cancer patients are decreasing due to less use of the tobacco materials .

“The number of tobacco users has come down to 35.03 percent which was 43.03 in GATS, 2009.