President Dr Arif Alvi calls for concerted efforts to address the alarmingly increasing ratio of cancer cases in the country.

Addressing a function in Islamabad, which was held to spread awareness regarding cancer, he said increasing ratio of the breast cancer cases is still a challenge for Pakistan. He said breastfeeding can remarkably reduce the risks of the breast cancer.

The President said role of clerics is imperative to create awareness regarding breast cancer.

He said lady health workers can play an important role to aware the people about principles of health at grass-root level. He urged the community to overcome the taboos associated with diseases especially the breast cancer.

The President stressed the need to levy sin tax on cigarettes to discourage smoking.