South Asia cancer scenario

Risks of cancer in Nepal

Published: February 02, 2016 10:48 am

KATHMANDU: With the changing lifestyle and exposure to risk factors like smoking, there has been a significant rise in the number of cancer patients in Nepal as per Dr Prakash Raj Neupane, Medical Director at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital and Chairman at BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Chitwan.

In Nepal, some 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in the country, reveals Dr Neupane. “Among them, only 10,000 cancer patients reach the hospital for treatment,” says the doctor adding, “To aware remaining 20,000 patients to go to the hospital for treatment, the World Cancer Day is celebrated in Nepal too”.

“If detected early, the treatment of cancer is possible,” he further emphasises.

As per the data provided by Dr Neupane, four common cases of cancers seen in Nepal are — cancers of lungs, breast, cervix and abdomen.

“Among the total population, 45 per cent males and 55 per cent females are suffering from different types of cancers here — due to ignorance, lack of personal hygiene, birth trauma and lack of regular health check up, especially in women,” reveals the doctor. Read more

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