Guwahati: On the occasion of World Cancer Day, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday released a report which projects that the number of new cancer cases in the north east region (NER) is likely to increase to 57,131 by 2025, in comparison to the estimated 50,317 in 2020.
ICMR along with National centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), Bengaluru, released the report in which the estimates are based on cancer data compiled by eleven Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCRs) in all the eight Northeastern states.
The report titled ‘Profile of cancer and related health indicators in the Northeast Region of India’ was launched by Professor Balram Bhargava, secretary DHR and director general, ICMR which also includes data from seven Hospital Based Cancer Registries (HBCRs) in Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura from 2012 to 2016.
“North-East, the eight sisters, is the jewel in the crown of our nation. The NE cancer registries have done commendable work. It is pertinent that we preserve the ethnic diversity of the region. The report from ICMRNCDIR, Bengaluru highlights the magnitude of the problem and its diversity in NER,” said Prof Balram Bhargava
He further added that, “The National Cancer Registry Program has played a vital role in NER towards mapping cancer burden over several years. The Region is a thrust area for ICMR to augment research to address cancer prevention and control activities. The scientific evidence generated from the registries has led to strengthening of health infrastructure in the region and will provide the guidance for future policy decisions.”
The report found that in all the states, the incidence of cancer was higher in males than in females except in Manipur and Sikkim.
The report also provides insight into the prevailing cancer risk factor profile capacity for treating cancer and death statistics for each state from various sources. Many of these factors influence cancer outcomes and survival.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.