Number of children in Iran with cancer increases each year

Number of children in Iran with cancer increases each year

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 29

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

The number of children who are revealed to have cancer is increasing every year, by 15 percent, Arasb Ahmadian, Managing Director of MAHAK (Iranian Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer) said.

He also said that during the last Iranian year (ended on March 21), the number of child deaths from cancer has decreased by 14.8 percent, compared to the preceding year, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Sept. 29.

Ahmadian went on to say that over 21,100 children were covered by the MAHAK by the end of last fiscal year (March 21, 2014).

MAHAK's duty is the comprehensive support of all children with cancer and their families, Ahmadian said, adding that the support includes several aspects, such as treatment costs and health insurance.

MAHAK is already helping patients from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Iran, and is now eyeing to help patients in regional countries as well.

Iranian media outlets claim that cancer is the third top reason for deaths in Iran - as every day about 105 people in the country die of cancer.

Official statistics in Iran say there are about 63,000 cases of cancer revealed in the country annually, however according to the Iranian media, the real number of cancer patients is 90,000-95,000, with over 50,000-55,000 fatalities.

Some 41,000 people died in Iran due to cancer during the Iranian calendar year of 1391 (ended on March 21, 2013), and annually about 85,000 people catch cancer in the country, according to the head of Cancer Research Center in Iran, Mohammad Ismayil Akbari.

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