1156 GMT April 03, 2020
"In developed countries, 600 out of 100,000 people contract cancer whereas the same figure for Iranians is 140," added Mohammad-Esmaeil Akbari.
He, however, voiced concern that cancer rate is growing rapidly in Iran compared with other countries.
The official said developed nations have managed to stem the growth in cancer rate through preventative measures.
Akbari said breast cancer is among the most prevalent cancers in Iran. "Annually, breast cancer inflicts 10,000 women nationwide."
He further listed stomach cancer as among the most fatal disease among Iranian men and women.
Cancers are believed to be the third major cause of death in Iran after cardiovascular disease and accidents.
Nearly 70,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Iran annually and this figure is expected to rise in the coming decades.
Many experts believe that the growing trend of the disease is due to negative lifestyle, urbanization and aging population.
Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as well as adequate daily use of vitamin D can help prevent cancer. Regular exercises are also among the factors which can create a hedge against the disease.
Specialists believe that only five to ten percent of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the rest pertains to the environment and lifestyle.
According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 30 percent of cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices such as avoiding tobacco, alcohol and promoting consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs.