ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The annual cost of cancer treatment in Turkey, currently estimated at $3 billion per year, is expected to at least triple by 2030, Turkish Society for Radiation Oncology head Esra Kaytan Sağlam has said.
“Each year 148,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Turkey and more than 90,000 die from cancer-related illnesses,” Sağlam told state-run Anadolu Agency on the occasion of Feb. 4 World Cancer Day.
Cancer is currently estimated to accounts for around 20 percent of overall mortality in Turkey.
Lung, prostate, colorectal, urinary bladder and stomach cancer are the most common types of cancer in males in Turkey, while the most common types among woman are breast, thyroid, cervical and lung cancer, according to Sağlam.
“Smoking-related cancer types are much higher in Turkey than they are in the West,” she also said, adding that due to a large number of patients diagnosed with lung cancer and the high cost associated with its treatment, lung cancer makes up the largest share of overall cancer treatment costs.
“The treatment of lung cancer becomes even more costly and the mortality rate for the disease is high because there are no proper…