KARACHI: The 18th National Health Sciences Research Symposium, with the theme “Cancer: Promoting Comprehensive Care.” will be held here at Aga Khan University, from February 24-26.
As one of the major event in Pakistan, the symposium will provide a platform for policy makers and health professionals, educators and media to discuss the issues around cancer in Pakistan and the region.
National and international speakers will discuss all types of cancers, its prevalence, treatment and care.
Keynote speakers will also conduct pre-event workshops on Feb 24.
Cancer, a generic term for a large group of more than 100 diseases can affect any part of the body.
One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries.
Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In 2012, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cases of cancer in the world: 7.4 million (53 per cent) in males versus 6.7 million (47percent) in females.
There are many known causes of cancer, including genetic factors; lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, tobacco use, diet, and certain types of infections; and environmental exposure to different types of chemicals and radiation.