ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: More than 500 patients of cancer especially breast cancer were screened free of cost in Nori during the last month as October is being celebrated as an awareness month against the fatal disease.
A spokesman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Shahid Riaz Khan told the state-run news agency that they have organised number of events throughout the country to create awareness among people including seminars, workshops, symposiums, walks apprising people that cancer can be treated if diagnosed at earlier stage.
He informed that currently 35 hospitals are providing cancer treatment in the country among which 18 are running under PAEC, adding that these PAEC hospitals caters 80 percent of the patients.
Moreover, he added, three hospitals are also providing mobile clinic services for the patients of far flung areas who could not have access to reach hospitals themselves.
The three hospitals are BINO in Bahawalpur, NIMRA in Jamshoro and JINUM in Gujranwala, he shared.
He also asked people to contact directly to hospitals at the earliest stage of the disease rather than wasting their time and money to experience alternate treatments.