Cancer patient growing by over 10% in India

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KOLKATA – The number of cancer patients in India has been alarmingly growing by over ten per cent every year,causing concern within the medical community,a recent study on the killer disease has revealed. Currently nearly 100 of every 100,000 people in India were being diagonosed as having cancer, while in the developed countries the figure varied between 175 and 200(per one lakh people)and the number was still growing, said Dr Santanu Pal, spokesperson of the Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI)here today.

Interacting with reporters prior to AROI’s Annual National Conference, to be held in this Eastern metropolis from November 29 to December 02, Dr Pal, however, made it clear that compared to the prevailing situation in the Western world including Europe and the USA,the Indian situation ‘does not look absolutely grim’.

He said though the exact data was not available to the organisation, the recent study had also revealed that among the Indian male the cases of facial, throat, oral and lung cancer were most prevalent, while among the womenfolk the detection of cervical and breast cancer was found to be in maximum numbers. Though there was no region wise specification of the killer disease, the incidents of facial and throat cancer among the urban Indian men, and breast cancer among their women counterparts were the most common disease, he said. 

Describing greater public awareness was the most effective means of reducing the number of cancer patients in India, particularly among the village folks, Dr Pal said the development of most modern techniques and medicare had also gone a long way in detecting cancer patients at early stages leading to far greater number of survival cases. 

Underscoring the need to generate more public awareness about the danger of cancer as well as the latest painless radiotherapy and the subsequent treatment at affordable costs, the AROI spokesperson said 22 world renowned radiologists and oncologists were coming from different parts of the globe to attend the four day conference here along with about 900 Indian delegates to discuss at length about different aspects of the disease and the procedure of its complete cure. Among them were Professor Overgarrard from Denmark, Prof V Gregoire from Belgium,Prof R Timmermen and Prof J Sullivan from the USA, Prof D Jeffery from Canada and Prof J Yarnold from the United Kingdom, he said.

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