A recent study has revealed shocking fact and figure about the fatal cancer diseases in India. According to the study, every year nearly one million new cancer cases are diagnosed in India, the prevalence being 2.5 million.
“Almost three of five cancer deaths in India are associated with tobacco or infectious diseases,” notes a paper by Richard Sullivan of King’s College London and others.
With moralities of 6,00,000-7,00,000 a year, cancer causes six per cent of all adult deaths in the country.
The number of deaths per year is projected to shoot up to 1.2 million by 2035, according to a series of papers published in the Lancet Oncology journal.
Currently, people in the 30-69 age group account for over two-thirds of cancer deaths in India, with less than a third of the patients surviving more than five years after diagnosis.
The most common, nearly half of all, are cancers of the lung and oral cavity in men, and of the breast and cervix in women.
Tobacco use alone accounts for about 40 per cent of all cancers in India. “About 275 million Indians (35 per cent of adult population and 14.1 per cent of children aged 13-15 years) are tobacco users, mainly smokeless tobacco,” says a paper by Paul E. Goss of Harvard Medical School, Boston, and others.