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Cancer: Second Highest no. of Patients in Maha by 2016?

Sakaal Times
17 July 2011
By Shashwat Gupta Ray
Pune, India

Maharashtra is expected to have second largest population in the country suffering from cancer by 2016, with 1.11 lakh patients after Uttar Pradesh (1.86 lakh), says a study by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The projections have been made on the basis of cancer data and population size gathered from some of the major cities of the country, including Pune.

"It is expected that proportion of elderly people in the country will rise further with the increase in life expectancy. Due to this, they would face increased incidence of cancer and some other non-communicable diseases," the study stated.

In 2001, nearly new 0.80 million cancer cases were estimated in the country. This can be expected to increase to 1.22 million by 2016, as a result of change in size and composition of population. This rise calls for increased radiotherapy centres for treating cancer patients.

The study is titled 'Cancer Projections for India 2016: Gaps in Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities', published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention.

The study mentions that by the year 2016, India's total number of cancer patients would rise to 12.19 million from 9.19 million in 2001.

Female cases are projected at 6.31 lakh against 5.87 lakh cases of males in 2016. Breast cancer and cervical cancer, in females and oral cancer and throat cancer in males, will have highest proportion amongst others.

"The requirement of new radiotherapy installations in 2016 nationally would be 1,142. Total of 347 radiotherapy installations existed in 2006, as against a requirement of 1059," the study stated.

The cost of imported equipment of cobalt units and linear accelerator machines are major problems in making cancer treatment commonly available.

"Perhaps, local manufacturing of equipment with cheaper and innovative designs will go a long way in reducing the cost," the study suggested.

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