A statement released on Saturday by the ministry, quotes deputy minister Feda Mohammad Paikan as saying that over 15,000 of the victims had lost their lives.
He said that cancer is the second fatal disease after heart attack in Afghanistan.
Currently, 30,000 to 40,000 people are suffering from cancer through the country, he added.
Abdominal, intestine, mouth, prostate in men and breast cancer are the most prevalent cancer case, he noted.
He called running of the aforementioned symposium a step to boost up awareness among people about cancer.
Lack of awareness about cancer signs and the way of treatment is the main factor behind progress of the disease among patients, he mentioned.
Likewise, legislator Shinkai Karokhil who had earlier treated her breast cancer, termed running of such symposiums vital in increasing wariness among people about cancer disease.