NCCF marks World Cancer Day, warns of increasing n umbers of patients

5/2/2012 -

Yasser Alwesabi

Yemen's National Cancer Control Foundation marked on Saturday the World Cancer Day that takes place every year on 4 February, warning that cancer patients largely increase in Yemen.  

The Yemeni unrest reflected on cancer patients with the deterioration  of treatment services as a result of lacking to medicines and specialized centers, and most patients can't afford pay them.

Yemen that has only one center  treatment center in Sana'a where tens of thousands of patients flow to.   

As a result of the recent unrest caused by anti-regime protests, many cancer doctors disappeared and cancer medicines were not provided, so many patients died and the conditions of other daily deteriorate.   

Yemen suffer a high percentage of cancer that threatens to plague a third of the population as cancer specialists indicate.

Yemen has only one cancer centre that was launched in 2004, and it lacks diagnosis, early detention , surgery , medicines, basic equipments and labs.

Most patients are forced to wait weeks as a result of severe overcrowding and the incapacity of the centre to receive all patients.

According to officials of the cancer centre, the center operates without any development since its establishment in 2004.

"While the centre has only 46 beds, thousands of patients come to the center monthly," said a doctor. " It also lacks some sectins such as surgery, nuclear medicines, diagnosis, isolation rooms, etc."

"Many of those who can't afford traveling abroad for treatment fall victims to this serious diseases and ultimately die" added he.  

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control, through which aim to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.