SRINAGAR — On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) issued a shocking revelation, stating that the unprecedented surge in cancer cases in Kashmir can be directly attributed to the rampant environmental pollution plaguing the valley.
According to DAK President Dr. Nisar ul Hassan, “The valley’s escalating cancer crisis is primarily fueled by air pollution.” He expressed deep concern over the continuously deteriorating air quality in Kashmir, citing the exponential growth in vehicular population, construction activities, brick kilns, cement factories, and other industries that relentlessly emit harmful pollutants, severely contaminating the air.
Dr. Hassan further asserted, “This alarming situation significantly contributes to the overwhelming burden of cancer in the region.” He emphasized that extensive research has established a strong correlation between polluted air and an increased risk of lung cancer, which happens to be the most prevalent form of cancer among men in Kashmir.
In addition to air pollution, the Doctors Association Kashmir highlighted another major environmental culprit in Kashmir—plastic. Despite the imposed ban, the usage of polythene and plastic products continues unabated, further exacerbating the pollution crisis.
Dr. Hassan explained, “Plastic is a non-biodegradable substance that persistently pollutes the environment, creating detrimental consequences.” Of particular concern is the release of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical associated with breast cancer, which happens to be the most common cancer among females in the valley.
In light of these alarming findings, Dr. Nisar stressed the urgent need for stringent measures to combat environmental pollution and alleviate the burden of cancer in the population. He asserted, “The government has an undeniable responsibility to curtail and, ideally, eliminate atmospheric emissions, while also enforcing a complete ban on single-use plastics.”
Concluding his statement, Dr. Nisar appealed to the people, saying, “It is imperative for individuals to recognize their role in maintaining a clean environment, as it directly impacts the sustenance of human life on this planet.”
The statement released by the Doctors Association Kashmir serves as a stark reminder of the pressing need for immediate action to address the dire consequences of environmental pollution on public health.
As the cancer crisis in Kashmir continues to escalate, it is hoped that the authorities and citizens alike will heed these urgent warnings and take decisive steps towards safeguarding the environment and the well-being of the population.