Experts have come down heavily on smokers in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of Apollo Hospitals' special cancer detection program in association with Rotary Club of Madras Midtown, the hospital's oncologist Dr Raja said that nearly all of the lung and oral cancer cases in the country are caused by smoking.
The chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Group, Prathap C. Reddy added that more than eight lakh new cases of lung or oral cancer are being registered in the country each year with India accounting for 25 lakh people who are suffering from cancer.
Nearly 5.5 lakh people die due to cancer with diabetes and heart disease cases also on the rise. Dr Reddy went on to add that the hospital's new cancer detection program could help in identifying the disease at an early stage and thousands of lives could be saved by early treatment.