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‘Cancer toll in India is largely due to late detection’

Indian Cancer Society celebrated its 20th anniversary in New Delhi.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: September 19, 2010 3:44:24 pm

Indian Cancer Society celebrated its 20th anniversary in New Delhi.

Cancer Sahyog is a community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

According to the 2008 cancer registry,there are 12.4 million new cases registered every year and 7.6 million deaths due to cancer,globally. The figures are expected to more than double by 2030 with more than 60% of cancer related deaths expected from developing countries and more than 1 in 3 from India itself.

Sita Paintal,President of Cancer Sahyog said “We believe that simple changes in lifestyle and regular screening can bring down cancer deaths dramatically and even have health benefits that reach beyond cancer. To raise awareness and concern about cancer,and affirm its prevention and curability if detected early,we organized a seminar on “Preventive Oncology”. We want to appeal to people to extend their support towards this noble cause and to help save those around them from this grave disease.”

It is estimated that there are approximately 12 million cases of cancer in India at any given point of time and that there are 8,00,000 new cancer patients diagnosed every year in India. Apart from the pain and misery caused by the disease to the patient and the family,the economic impact of cancer is also enormous. Some of the most common types of cancer include tobacco related cancer,colorectal cancer,cancer of the cervix uteri and breast cancer.

“ The cancer toll in countries like India is largely due to late detection and treatment of the disease. As the level of cancer awareness increases,we hope the behavior towards early detection will also rise. ”,said Dr G.K. Rath,Director at IRCH Hospital and one of the panelists at the seminar.

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