Bangladesh loses all too many lives each year to cancer.
It is especially worrying that a study has found that out of the top 20 causes of death in the country, four spots belong to different types of cancer.
This is the result of an infrastructure that is woefully inadequate.
Cancer, if caught early, is curable 95% of the time, but most are diagnosed when it is too late.
There is, right now, an unacceptable level of incompetence and lack of resources within our health sector, which the government should reform with the utmost urgency, something they have neglected to do for too long.
With hospitals and treatment centres understaffed and unable to cater to the growing needs of our patients, how does the government expect to fight the growing presence of cancer?
According to the World Health Organisation, Bangladesh has only 16 cancer treatment centres, when, in fact, the country requires 10 times as many.
This has also been caused by a general lack of awareness that has persisted, and it is up to the government to ensure that people suffering from non-communicable diseases such as caner know where to go, and what to do for help.
Ignorance regarding the health and safety of our citizens cannot be allowed to persist. It is about time we fought the spread of cancer amongst people head-first, and provide them with the treatment they so deserve.
Acquiring better facilities and amenities and improving overall accessibility to cancer patients is key, if we wish to make significant progress in battling one of our leading causes of death.