Lifestyle choices increasing cancer cases

Poor diet and self-prescribed dieting, smoking and drinking, chewing tobacco and betel nuts, and lack of exercise, are the leading risk factors for increasing cancer cases and, according to doctors, it’s affecting the country’s poorest the most.

Nepal’s two big cancer centres, BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital (BPKMCH) in Bharatpur, Chitwan and Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital (BCH) in Kathmandu Valley, recorded a total of 19,433 new cases in 2017.

“The government should focus on upgrading and adding new infrastructure as patients, mostly from the lower class, are increasing,” Executive Chairman of BCH Lokendra Kumar Shrestha.

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