Over 15,000 cancer patients detected in SL annually
Over 15,000 cancer patients are detected from Sri Lanka annually. The majority suffer from oral, lung, breast or cervical cancer, a Health Ministry spokesman said.
Health authorities suspect that there is a connection between the increasing number of oral and lung cancer patients and air pollution due to the quality of diesel used in Sri Lanka. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has ordered cancer specialists to find out if there is a connection between the increasing number of lung cancer patients in Sri Lanka and diesel usage in the country, the spokesman said.
He said around 25,000 cancer patients are registered at cancer units in state hospitals countrywide.
The government has allocated Rs. 408,06 million for the 2013-2016 period to provide radiology treatment for cancer patients. The amount of funds allocated for this year is Rs. 950 million.