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Daily 38 cancer patients die in Sri Lanka

National Cancer Control Programme Director Dr. Janaki Vidanapathirana said that cancers cause the second highest number of deaths in Sri Lanka (the first cause is heart disease). Healthy lifestyle choices and vaccination against HPV and Hepatitis B prevents cancer. A healthy individual should eat at least five different varieties of fruits and vegetables per day, she said.

Daily 38 cancer patients die in Sri Lanka while 64 new cases of cancer are detected. In 2018, Sri Lanka had a total of 23,530 cancer patients and of this number, 14,013 died from various types of cancers, Consultant Community Physician attached to the National Cancer Control Programme Dr. Suraj Perera said.

Addressing a media seminar and a press conference held at the Health Promotion Bureau in Colombo yesterday, he said that at present Sri Lanka has 56,054 cancer patients. One third of all types of cancers can be prevented and many other cancers can be cured if detected early. There are 24 state cancer treatment centres islandwide which offer free screening and treatment.

According to Dr. Perera, the top 10 cancers in Sri Lanka are cancers of the breast, mouth, lung, thyroid, esophagus, stomach, cervix, ovaries and liver and leukaemia.

The commonest cancers among men are oral and lung cancers while in women they are breast and cervical cancers. One fourth of all cancers in women are breast cancers. “We need to take care of cancer patients and protect their rights,” Dr. Perera said.

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