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Cancer Prevention

Here at KASB Foundation Cancer Treatment Center we provide evidence based recommendations on cancer prevention and offer programs aimed at reducing the risk factors known to cause cancers.

In order to truly appreciate the importance of cancer prevention and screening, one needs to understand the scope and impact of this terrible disease. The following statistical information summary is not presented to instill worry but to stimulate an appreciation for the health challenges faced by Pakistanis. In turn, it is our hope that you will become motivated to take preventive steps to help yourself achieve and maintain optimal health.

  • Incidence and mortality by cancer type
    • An estimated 177,800 new cases of cancer (excluding 74,100 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 75,000 deaths from cancer will occur in Pakistan in 2017.
    • Of the newly diagnosed cases, about one-half will be lung, colorectal, prostate and breast cancers.
    • Over one-quarter (27%) of all cancer deaths are attributed to lung cancer.
    • Colorectal cancer has a significant impact on mortality for men and women combined, with an estimated 12% of all cancer deaths.
  • Incidence and mortality by age and sex
    • The risk of cancer increases with age, with 42% of new cancer cases and 59% of cancer deaths occurring among those 60 years of age and older.
    • The incidence and mortality rates for males surpass those for females around age 50.
    • Mortality is declining for males in most age groups and for females under 60.
  • Probability of developing or dying from cancer
    • Based on current incidence rates, 40% of women and 45% of men in Pakistan will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
    • Current mortality rates indicate that 24% of women and 29% of men, or approximately one out of every four Pakistanis, will die from cancer.
  • Five-year relative survival
    • Relative survival ratios are highest for thyroid, prostate and testicular cancers.
    • Pancreatic, esophageal and lung cancers have the lowest relative survival ratios.
    • Relative survival for lung cancer tends to decline with increasing age. For breast cancer, survival is significantly worse for those aged 15-39 and 60-85 at diagnosis compared to all other age groups.
    • Relative survival has improved for all cancers combined and improvements were greatest for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemias.
  • Prevalence
    • Cancers of the breast, prostate, colon/rectum and lung that were diagnose between 2007 till the end of 2016 were most prevalent cancers, accounted for nearly 60% of 10-year prevalent cases.
    • Among women, the most common 10-year prevalent cancers were breast, colorectal, body of uterus and lung.
    • Among men, the most common 10-year prevalent cancers were prostate, colorectal, bladder and lung.
    • As the number of Pakistanis diagnosed with cancer continues to grow and cancer survival increases, cancer prevalence rises. This growing burden will have healthcare resource implications, as more Pakistanis will require ongoing medical treatment, surveillance and supportive care.

However, as stated by the WHO, "about half of all cancers are preventable" "Of the natural catastrophes that befall us, the most distressing are those caused by our own behavior." We believed that cancer prevention is centered in education and understanding. In order for you to minimize your risk of getting cancer you need to make educated choices. It is our hope that through professional consultation, scientific laboratory testing, the provision of guidance documentation, and access to treatment programs targeted to your individuals needs, we can help you make lifestyle changes that truly make a difference.

Some of our Cancer Prevention Related Programs include:

  • Cancer screening programs.
  • Smoking cessation.
  • Weight management programs.
  • IV Therapies.

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Cancer Screening

The vast majority of cancers are curable if found early (prior to spreading).

As discussed on our cancer prevention page, the prevalent cancers today are cancers of the breast, prostate, colon/rectum and lung, and together accounted for nearly 60% of cases.

Among Women, the most common 10-year prevalent cancers were Breast, Colorectal, body of Uterus and Lung.

Among Men, the most common 10-year prevalent cancers were Prostate, Colorectal, Bladder and Lung.

As we now know, current Canadian statistics indicate that cancer will affect almost half of us during our lifetime. Early detection is the key to success in cancer treatment. It is for this reason that cancer screening is so important to all of us.

we at KASB Foundation Cancer Treatment Center also offer targeted cancer screening for men and women of all ages. Our screening services include:

Annual Physical Examinations

  • Pap tests
  • Breast exams
  • Prostate exams (DRE)
  • Dermatology (skin) exam (dermatoscope included)
  • Scoping for rectum/sigmoid

Laboratory Screening

  • Tumour markers (CEA, PSA, CA-125, CA19-9, CA 15-3, etc.)
  • Predictive markers (hs-CRP, ferritin, homocysteine, etc.)
  • Urinalysis (macro and microscopic)
  • Serum chemistries, CBC, etc.
  • Fecal Occult Blood test (specific to Colorectal Ca)

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

At KASB Foundation Cancer Treatment Center DITI is utilized as part of a regular breast health program that incorporates the aforementioned physical examinations and laboratory testing, as well as complementary/adjunct diagnostic imaging (such as mammography, ultrasound and MRI) based on each personal case and the identified risk factors.

All of us need to approach the subject of cancer prevention and screening with some seriousness. At KASB Foundation Cancer Treatment Center we will work with you to develop your personal cancer screening program and help you to understand the most recent evidence on the prevention of cancer. For those of you with a a family history of cancer (and other more specific criteria), you can participate in the "Hereditary Cancer Referral Program" which provides counseling, education, recommendations and other basic services free of charge. For more information on this program

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