Cases of cancer are rising among teens and young adults in India,a medical expert said today.
A study claimed cancer is now the second leading cause of death in many low and middle-income countries.
As per National Cancer Institute,more than 10.8 lakh new cases of cancer and 5 lakh deaths are registered every year.
But what is becoming an issue of concern for health experts is cancer in teens and young adults (TYA),the study said.
Addressing a conference on cancer,Dr N K Pandey,Chairman & MD of AIMS,Faridabad,said “the unfortunate incidence of cancers are rising among teens and young adults.
“Though the number of TYA cancers is low in our country as compared to other western countries. yet it is unfortunate that many young adult lives are lost because the health care system and society is not aware of this entity”,he said.
Another Paediatric Oncology expert Dr. Prakash Chitalkar said “this group is not only unique to 21st century India but also challenging to diagnose and treat since patients family and even caregivers are in denial. Awareness is the need of the hour”.
According to experts,oral cancer and cervical cancer cases have increased dramatically among teens and young adults and the rise can be blamed on tobacco consumption and unsafe sex led by current sexual revolution.
Though adolescents and young adult cancer (AYA) occurs at a a unique biological,sociological and psychological threshold in their lives,yet fortunately cancer in TYA are highly curable in medical terms.