Number of cancer patients drops: Malek

SANGSAD BHABAN, March 03, 2019 : Health Minister Jahid Malek today informed the Jatiya Sangsad that there are 1,50,781 cancer patients in Bangladesh and the number is dropping gradually.

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

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 .

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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.