Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in India and its incidence is growing……
Cancer is one of the main health threats India is facing at present, In 2018, more than 784,000 Indians lost their lives to the disease while 1.15 million new cases were diagnosed. Currently, 2.25 million people in the country live with the disease. It is the second biggest killer disease in India, after heart disease. The risk factors amplifying the chance of developing cancer in India are on the rise: from lifestyle factors such as poor diet and smoking to environmental issues such as pollution.
Breast and cervical cancers among women and head and neck, lung and gastrointestinal cancers among men represent >60% of the incidence burden. Incidence of head & neck cancer in India is nearly three times that of the US and China. Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer among Indian women, both in terms of incidence as well as mortality, with proportional prevalence in younger age-groups being higher than the global average.