Cancer now India’s biggest killer, kills 5lakh yearly

According to the latest data released by the National Cancer Registry Program of the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR), it has been revealed that cancer has become the biggest reason of death in India with 1,300 deaths daily and close to 5 lakh every year.
The data, which was issued this month, indicated a projected 6% rise in mortality rate due to cancer from 2012 to 2014.

Large number of ageing population, use of tobacco and tobacco products, unhealthy lifestyles, lack of diagnostic facilities, unhealthy diets are some of the factors that can be held responsible for increase in mortality rate due to cancer.

Dr D Akolkar, director, Research and Innovation, at Datar Genetics summarizes the reason behind this study and said, “Too many people are being faced with the devastating diagnosis each year – brain tumors kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and five-year survival remains low at just 19.8%.”

Brain tumors are responsible for 85% to 90% of all primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors. Experts warn that by 2025, the occurrence of the killer disease is likely to rise five-fold. However, according to World Health Organization (WHO), this number is expected to rise to 700,000 by 2015.

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