One out eight men has the possibility of developing cancer: Indian govt

One out of eight men and one out of nine women have the possibility of developing cancer in their lifetime, the government said on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha said the Indian Council of Medical Research has released a three-year report of population-based cancer registries: 2012-14, and consolidated report of hospital-based cancer registries 2012-14 in May 2016.

“As per the National Cancer Registry programme of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), one out of eight men has the possibility of developing cancer in his lifetime (0-74 years). “Similarly, one out of nine women has the possibility to develop cancer in her lifetime (0-74 years),” she said.

She said her ministry is running National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS). She said the cancer-related components of this programme includes provision of treatment facilities in addition to early detection and prevention activities of the disease across the country for all types of cancer.

India is likely to have more than 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by 2020 with cancers of breast, lung and cervix topping the list, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had said recently. The premier medical research body said that in 2016 the total number of new cancer cases is expected to be around 14.5 lakh and the figure is likely to reach nearly 17.3 lakh new cases in 2020.

 

Source : DNA India