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Cancer Kills 8 mn A Day World Over: Oncologist

Times of India
06 September 2010
Pune, India

Cancer kills more than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined. There are more than 11 million new cases and close to eight million deaths worldwide per year due to cancer. If current trend continues, by 2030, this will increase to almost 16 million cases and around 11.5 million deaths per year, said medical oncologist Sujai Hegde. He was speaking at the Oncology Current Updates 2010 – a two day annual event for cancer experts organised by Centre for Advance Gastrointestinal Oncology (CAGO) of Ruby Hall Clinic’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Cancer Centre – that concluded at the International Convention Centre in Lavasa on Sunday.

"Colorectal cancers constitute around 15–20 per cent of cancers in the southern and western parts of the country. One explanation might the differences in the cellulose and fibre content in the diets of South Indians as compared with those of North Indians," said Hegde.

There is no real high intake of fibre among people from southern and western part as compared with the North Indian diet. Lack of fibre intake is just one of the causative factors. There are many other factors which can not be explained, and these could have a genetic and environmental cause, he added.

In Maharashtra, colorectal cancer forms eight to 10 per cent of all cancers. Westernised lifestyle and food habits are among the reasons for this, he added. Hegde also spoke about the need for specialist surgeons dedicated in treating cancers of the gastro–intestinal (GI) tract.

Medical oncologist Minish Jain elaborated, "People can change their eating habits by reducing fat intake and increasing fibre in their diet. Major sources of fat are meat,eggs,dairy products, salad dressings, and oils used in cooking. Fibre is the insoluble, nondigestible part of plant material present in fruits, vegetables, and whole–grain breads and cereals."

Eminent speakers from all over the world and 200 specialists from across the country attended the conference.

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