War Against Crab: 32,000 Cancer Cases Detected Every Year In Assam

Common cancers of the breast, uterine cervix and oral cavity are preventable and curable if detected and treated at an early stage
Common cancers of the breast, uterine cervix and oral cavity are preventable and curable if detected and treated at an early stage

Mizoram tops in tongue cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, hypopharynx cancer, and gland cancer

Guwahati, January 5, 2019

As many as 32,000 cancer cases are detected every year in Assam, of which 70 per cent are found at an advanced stage, resulting in high mortality rate of 40-50 per cent. This was stated by the Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF).

The ACCF is a joint partnership between the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts. It was set up in December 2017 to create three-tier cancer grid in Assam. The distributed care model was conceptualized by the Trusts and the Government of Assam to create patient-centric cancer institutions to deliver standardized and affordable care closer to patients’ homes.

According to the ACCF, 50 per cent of all cancers in Assam are caused due to consumption of tobacco in some form or the other. Common cancers of the breast, uterine cervix and oral cavity are preventable and curable if detected and treated at an early stage, the ACCF stated.

Mizoram tops list in India

Mizoram has recorded the highest cancer cases in the country with 4,656 new cases reported in three years, between 2012 and 2014.

As per Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) report released in 2016, at least 2,176 people including 830 females have died due to cancer between 2012 and 2014 in the state and the average deaths per year is 711. There are 4,656 new cases of cancer with number of females at 2,089 and that of the male at 2,567. Adding on the average, there were 1,552 new cancer cases each year in Mizoram.

State Nodal Officer for non-Communicable Disease, Dr Eric Zomawia said that extensive consumption of tobacco (which contributed 30 per cent), coupled with unhealthy food items such as smoked meat and fermented soybean and pork are the main factors for high cancer rate in Mizoram.

Sad picture of Nagaland

According to the managing director of Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) Dr Thorhusie Katiry, out of the many who comes for treatment in a week, “two to three persons” are cancer patients.

“It is really very sad that there are very few of us, who take initiative in combating against this menacing disease,’ he added. According to Katiry, there is a need to spread awareness on cancer because when a person is diagnosed with cancer, he/she tends to lose all hopes.