Dr Kulsoom Ghias, a faculty member at the department of biological and biomedical sciences at Aga Khan University, speaks at a seminar titled ‘The War Against Cancer: Can We Win?’ on Thursday at Habib University. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS
KARACHI: Cancer is one of the major causes of death around the world but it can be prevented by adopting a balanced and healthy lifestyle, according to Dr Kulsoom Ghias.
“Cancer is our fate. Thus, there is no avoiding it,” she said. Dr Ghias is a faculty member at the department of biological and biomedical sciences at Aga Khan University. She was speaking at a seminar titled ‘The War Against Cancer: Can We Win?’ on Thursday at Habib University.
Annually, around 14 million people are diagnosed with the disease across the world and eight million people die from various types of cancer, she said.
Prevention and education
She stressed the need for creating public awareness about the disease. “We need to launch awareness campaigns in schools, colleges and universities. We need to tell students smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, paan, betel nuts and gukta can also lead to cancer,” she urged.
Dr Ghias highlighted the importance of collecting data to help fight cancer. Information is power, she said, adding that we need to set up cancer registering centres so that we know which type of cancer is most common. “We need to know which cancer is killing us more,” she explained. Dr Ghias said funds should be allocated for cancer research as research required money. She concluded by saying that a healthy and balanced lifestyle ‘will save us from a lot of trouble’.
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