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6,582 die of cervical cancer in BD each yr

Month-long awareness programme across the country begins

Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 65

Around 11,956 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Bangladesh every year and over 6,582 die of the disease, according to a study of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
A month-long programme, aiming to create awareness among mothers about cervical cancer, began across the country on Saturday. The theme of the campaign is "Big NO to Early Marriage".
As part of the programme, a procession titled 'March for Mother', led by Vice- Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Prof Kamrul Hasan Khan and Governor of Rotary Club International District (3281) FH Arif, was took out from the BSMMU premises and ended at Farmgate in the capital.
As many as eight organisations, including Cancer Pratirodh Gobeshona Kendra, Gyne Oncology Society of Bangladesh, YWCA, Oporajita (Society for Survivor), Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh, Community Oncology Foundation of Bangladesh, Blue Sky Charitable Foundation and Cancer Awareness Foundation of Bangladesh jointly arranged the procession with the support of Rotary Club International District (3281).
 Besides, discussions and seminars on the issue will also be held in different parts of the country during the month long programme.
Experts said no woman should die of cervical cancer as it can be treated and cured if it is diagnosed early.
Habibullah Talukder Raskin, an associate professor of National Cancer Research Institute and Hospital and also the convener of the programme, said the majority of cervical cancer cases occur in mid-age rather than old-age and it is one of the most common cancers in women under 35.
Experts said now the patients, who are suffering from cervical cancer, will get treatment at an affordable price at city hospitals, including National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital, United Hospital and Delta Medical College & Hospital.

"Preventative cervical screening programmes can avoid cervical cancer deaths and provide a means of early detection. When the disease is detected early, it is highly treatable and is often associated with long survival and good quality of life outcomes," he added.

Poet and lawmaker Kazi Rosy, who has survived the cancer for 22 years, said families and society, should extend supports to increase the "mental strength" of the cancer-affected persons.

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