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CANCER INCIDENCE AND PROBLEM STATEMENT

WORLD

  • There were an estimated 12.7 million cancer cases around the world in 2008, of these 6.6 million cases were in men, 6.0 million in women.
  • This number is expected to increase to 21 million by 2030.

INDIA

  • According to a study by the world health organization, one in 12 women in urban India will develop cancer in their lifetime.
  • Approximately 40% of new cases of cancer in India afflict women.
  • In the past decade, breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common cancer among women in Indian cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.
  • Also, India has the highest rate of cervical cancer in the world. One in every 10 cancer deaths worldwide is in urban India.
  • What’s more alarming, 75-80% of patients are in advanced stages of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

GUJARAT

  • 1 crore Guajarati’s (every 2nd man and every 5th women in Gujarat) use Tobacco every day.
  • Of the 12 to 15 lakh oral cancer patients in the country, Gujarat now has 2,75,000 lakh oral cancer patients which is next only to Utter Pradesh (approx 20% cases).
  • Moreover, 85% of total oral, head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use and due to widely prevalent practice of chewing tobacco oral.
  • Head and neck cancer are the most common type of cancers in India as 40% of the total cancer cases in India are of this type.