Most Prevalent Cancers In India - 2010

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Although India has good advancements for diagnosis and treatment, cancer is still a big challenge to our country.

Cancer is the second most common disease in India.

 
 

According to 1991 Indian census data, about 609000 cancer cases had been observed. But the number of cancer cases in India has drastically increased in the last decade to reach 806, 000.

As per Indian population census data, the rate of mortality due to cancer in India is alarmingly high.

 

Year

No. of Cancer Patients

2004

819354

2005

846635

2006

863575

2007

907838

2008

846172

2009

962832

2010

979786

 
 

Cancer prevalence in India is estimated to be around 2.5 million, with over 8,00,000 new cases and 5,50,000 deaths occurring each year due to this disease.

Lung, esophagus, stomach, oral and pharyngeal cancers mostly affect men, where as in women, cervix and breast cancers are most common.

Cancer scenario in Indian Regions

Esophageal cancers: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat

Stomach cancers: Highest incidence in Chennai (South India)

Oral cancers: Kerala (South India)

Pharyngeal cancers: Mumbai (Western India)

Thyroid cancers among women: Kerala

Gall bladder cancer: Delhi and West Bengal (North India)



Source - Cancer Scenario in India with Future Perspectives, Cancer Therapy Vol 8, 56-70, 2011.

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