Cancer cases increase by more than 300% in 1 year

NEW DELHI: Cases of common cancer, including oral, cervical and breast cancer, diagnosed in the state increased by almost 324% between 2017 and 2018, according to 2019 data.

In 2018, of the 6.5 million people who visited these clinics for detection, 1.6 lakh were diagnosed with one of these common cancers, compared to 39,635 cases detected in 2017, according to the latest figures.

Although the total number of people visiting ENT clinics also doubled between 2017 and 2018, from 3.5 million to 6.6 million, experts attribute the growing incidence of the disease to rapidly changing lifestyles, including stress, eating habits and the consumption of tobacco and alcohol products.

recorded the highest number of common cancer cases in 2018, followed by Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal.

Most of these states also recorded a significant jump in cases compared to the previous year. For example, the number of people diagnosed with common cancer in Gujarat increased from 3,939 in 2017 to 72,169 in 2018, registering 68,230 new cases, while the number of clinic visits increased by only 24%.

Even states like Andhra Pradesh and UP, where the number of cases diagnosed was comparatively lower, reported a significant jump in 2018 compared to the previous year.

“The consumption of tobacco products is an important factor that contributes significantly to oral cancers, especially when combined with alcohol, the risk and incidence are much greater. In addition, a sedentary lifestyle and an increasing rate of obesity are causing a rapid increase in all types of cancers, says Dr. Harpreet Singh, a senior consulting oncologist at Action Cancer Hospital.

Doctors also recommend breastfeeding to counteract the incidence of breast cancer.

Early cancer diagnosis generally increases the chances of successful treatment by focusing on detecting symptomatic patients as soon as possible. The consequences of delayed or inaccessible cancer care are a lower chance of survival and higher care costs, resulting in preventable deaths and cancer disability. Early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage and, therefore, is an important public health strategy.

The World Health Organization recommends systematic screening of mammograms in women aged 50 to 69 years. He also says that timely mammography has been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality by approximately 20% in high-income populations.

In case of cervical cancer He says that almost all deaths could be avoided if effective interventions known to all women were implemented and implemented, including adolescent immunization against human papillomavirus and cervical screening and treatment of precancerous lesions.

For some years, the Ministry of Health has focused on the National Program for the Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke with the aim of preventing and controlling these diseases through awareness, behavior and lifestyle changes, in addition to early diagnosis.