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8.57pc CMCH patients vulnerable to cancer: Study

Country's first ever cancer database soon

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Chittagong Bureau :
Approximately 8.57 per cent patients of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) are at risk of cancer, a recent study says.
Although the result comes from a small sample of 700 outdoor and indoor patients who admitted in CMCH within 15 days in 2017, among them, a total of 600 were diagnosed of carrying or developing cancer cells.
Among them, 73 per cent patients came from rural area while 27 per cent are from urban area.
The study was jointly conducted by 'Laboratory of Eukaryotic Gene Expression and Function' under Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department (BMBD) of Chittagong University (CU) and Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery (CRICS).
But the most striking feature of the study was that women, aged around 40-60 years, are risk at severe risk of cancer than men and the report also remarked that 53 per cent cancer patients were women and 47 percent were men.
According to the report, cancer patients from Cox's Bazar are 31 percent, 15 percent in Banshkhali and Satkania upazila and 19 percent in Boalkhali, Patiya and Rangunia Upazila.  
The report also remarked that cousin marriage, excessive using of DTT powder in dry fish and smoking are the main reasons behind cancer. Thamina Banu, Director of CRICS and who led the study told the Daily Observer that 21 percent of cancer patients are suffering 'lymphoma' (Blood Cancer) in Bangladesh and has no central information database about the cancer patients. Around 16 percent people are suffering head and neck cancer.
Due to lack of database we give the references of other countries patients while teaching medical students, she added.
Tahmina Banu, former Head of Paediatric Department of Chittagong Medical College Hospital said for the first time ever she along with her team is going to prepare a cancer database. The report was a sample of pilot project and they are working for a long research project, she added.
Meanwhile, through the next project they can identify categories of cancer, age group, reason of cancer disease and income level of affected cancer patients.
Sunanda Badya, Lecturer and Research Assistant of BMBD of CU said the curative treatment of cancer is very expensive and most of the people of the country cannot afford the cost, it is important to take cautionary measures to prevent cancer.

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