About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Cancer Prevention Linked With Economic Health of a Nation

by Bidita Debnath on January 29, 2018 at 10:38 PM
Font : A-A+

Cancer Prevention Linked With Economic Health of a Nation

A research paper published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology shows that, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - known as BRICS - are losing billions of dollars in productivity due to cancer. India ranks second in such losses.

The emerging economies collectively lost nearly $46.3 billion in 2012 on account of cancer-related deaths that could have been prevented with proper treatment and adequate infrastructure.


India recorded a total productivity loss of $6.7 billion in 2012 due to cancer, representing 0.36% of the GDP. This figure is second only to South Africa which recorded $1.9 billion, comprising 0.49% of its GDP. Cancer claims seven lakh lives every year across India, with another 10 lakh new cases detected annually.

"The use of smokeless tobacco, often combined with betel quid, can be attributed to almost 50% of oral cavity cancers in India. Lip and oral cancers dominate lost productivity in India due to the relatively high prevalence of chewing tobacco. We know that tobacco results in healthcare costs of up to Rs 100,000 crore annually," said Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, professor of head and neck cancer at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai.

The economic impact of cancer in countries can obviously differ for a range of reasons. These include variations in demography, exposure to cancer risk factors and economic environments. This means each country will have its own unique patterns of productivity loss.

Policies encouraging lifestyle changes which reduce the risk of cancer could have positive effects on the BRICS countries' economies. Combining tobacco control, vaccination programmes and cancer screening with access to adequate treatment could yield significant gains for both public health as well as economic performance.

Workforce and productivity are key resources in ensuring sustained economic growth, particularly in developing countries. Understanding the local priorities for cancer prevention and control can play a big part in the economic health of these countries.

Source: Medindia

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
World AIDS Day 2021 - End Inequalities, End AIDS
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Cancer and Homeopathy Cancer Facts Cancer Tattoos A Body Art Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Health Insurance - India Common Lifestyle Habits that Cause Diseases Health Benefits of Dandelion Plant Acute Coronary Syndrome Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment 

Recommended Reading
Depriving Cancer Cells of Sugar may Help Kill Cancer Cells
Sugar depletion only slows down the rate of cancer progression in the cancer cells that are ......
Spiked Canadian Obesity Rate may Lead to Higher Cancer Burden
Reducing the number of overweight and obese Canadians could potentially prevent a lot of cancer ......
Scientists Identify Enzyme Linked to Colon Cancer
Researchers have identified an enzyme that appears to drive the conversion of normal colon tissue .....
Role of Sugar-modified Proteins in Healthy and Cancerous Cells
GalNAc-T6, an enzyme in diverse proteins has been identified that is absent in healthy colon tissue ...
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a sudden, acute life-threatening condition caused by a dramatic red...
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Find out more about the degenerative disease- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis....
Common Lifestyle Habits that Cause Diseases
Cigarette smoking, unhealthy diets, overuse of alcohol, and physical inactivity are some of the most...
Health Benefits of Dandelion Plant
What is dandelion? Dandelion greens are nutrition powerhouses with a wide range of health benefits. ...
Health Insurance - India
Health insurance has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in the non-life insurance indust...
Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are promising drugs to treat a variety of cancers and the FDA has appro...
Tattoos A Body Art
Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use