With above 25,000 new cancer cases reported in the last four years, the cancer burden on the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), PGI, is increasing every year. Tobacco can be seen as a major culprit, as the proportion of tobacco-related cancers relative to all cancers was 42.9 per cent among males and 3.9 per cent among females.
The data was shared in the consolidated report (2011-2013) of the hospital-based cancer registry of RCC. As per the report, during the period of 2011-13, a total of 18,411 new patients (10,204 males and 8,207 females) were registered with RCC. As per an official, above 7,000 cancer cases were reported last year. The number was 5,544 in 2011, which rose to 5,907 in 2012 and 6,617 in 2013.
Among males, lung cancer (10.9 per cent) was the predominant one, followed by cancer of the oral cavity (10.7 per cent). Among females, it was breast cancer (20.3 per cent), followed by cervix cancer. Among children, who constituted 8 per cent of the cancer pool, had leukemia as the predominant one.
Although cancer patients from about 23 states visit PGI , the number was highest for Punjab (33.3 per cent), followed by Haryana (21.6 per cent) and Himachal Pradesh (15.8 per cent).
Among districts of Punjab, patients from Mohali (19.4 per cent) and Patiala (12.1 per cent) constituted the maximum number of cases. In Haryana, the number was highest for Ambala (21.3 per cent), followed by Panchkula (18.2 per cent).
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