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‘90% Of Lung, Oral Cancers Due To Smoking’

07 September 2010
Chennai, India

Ninety per cent cases of lung and oral cancer is caused by smoking, said oncologist Raja, Apollo Hospitals.

Speaking at the inauguration of a cancer detection programme here on Monday, he cited a study by the Mayo clinic in the USA and said that of the 10,000 persons the clinic surveyed, 400 had cancer and a majority of them were smokers.

Prathap C Reddy, chairperson of Apollo Hospitals group, said that cancer was prevalent in about 25 lakh Indians with over 8 lakh new cases and 5.5 lakh deaths occurring each year. India has in fact earned the infamy of being known as the capital of not just cancer, but diabetes and heart diseases as well.

In India, about 5,000 persons die every day of heart attacks, which could be prevented if early diagnosis was done and preventive measures taken, Dr Reddy felt.

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