by Savitha C Muppala on  March 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM Indian Health News
 Tackling the Cancer Epidemic
Unhealthy lifestyle, tobacco use, environmental pollution and an ever-growing population have caused a surge in non-communicable diseases. According to the Population Based Cancer Registry, there are nearly 28 lakh cancer patients in the country, and the numbers are increasing at an average rate of 1.2% annually.

To check the growth of non-communicable diseases, the government has made some changes to the comprehensive National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases & Stroke (NPCDCS), which will gain momentum in the next two years.

The objectives of this programme will seek to instill behavior and lifestyle changes as a way to control and prevent Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including cancer, and step-up care to cancer patients in 100 districts across 21 states.

Source: Medindia

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