ISLAMABAD: The National Cancer Registry, operating under the National Institute of Health, has recently published its inaugural review report on cancer cases in Pakistan.
According to the comprehensive study, the most prevalent cancers among men are mouth, liver, colon, lung, and prostate, while women commonly suffer from breast, ovary, mouth, serous, and colon cancers.
The report highlights the unfortunate prevalence of blood cancer among children and bone cancer among teenagers.
Statistical data within the report reveals that female cancer cases account for 53.61 percent, while male cases represent 46.7 percent of the recorded instances.
Furthermore, the report provides a regional breakdown of cancer occurrences, indicating that Punjab reports the highest incidence at 45.13 percent, followed by Sindh at 26.83 percent, KP at 16.46 percent, and Balochistan at 3.52 percent.
Of particular concern is the prominence of mouth cancer in Pakistan, ranking second in the overall cancer cases, closely followed by colon cancer in the third position. Liver cancer occupies the fourth spot, while lung cancer claims the fifth spot. The report highlights excessive use of snuff as a significant contributor to the prevalence of mouth cancer.
The review report, based on the analysis of 269,202 cancer cases from 2015 to 2019, stresses the role of dietary changes in the rising incidence of cancer. Notably, the report points out the alarming increase of colon cancer cases among young individuals in Pakistan, attributing it to the high consumption of fast food.