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PGI, Tata hospital initiate cancer registries

To measure the magnitude of cancer problem in Punjab, PGI’s School of Public Health, in association with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, has initiated cancer registries, in which every cancer case or death due to cancer in the region will be registered with the authorities.

According to the estimates of National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP)-2011, more than 23,000 new cancer cases and over 11,000 deaths due to cancer were detected in Punjab.

The registry programme was started by the school of public health in January and covers Chandigarh, Mohali, Sangrur and Mansa. A team of 15 staff members are working under the project.

Talking about the project, Dr J S Thakur said, "We have a team of 15 staff members, out of which five are covering Mohali and Chandigarh and ten are covering Sangrur and Mansa." "The staff members visit every hospital, clinical laboratories of the region on a regular bases in order to check registration of cancer cases. Death certificates are also examined from the office of the registrar," he said, adding, the data collected is then analysed to check the magnitude of the problem in the region.

PGI, Tata hospital initiate cancer registries

"Various aspects are looked into, like new cancer cases occurring per 1,00,000 population, mortality rate due to cancer, ratio of men and women affected by cancer. Further, the data is scrutinised to know the types of cancer prominent in a region and risk factor related to cancer," Dr Thakur said.

Talking about the importance of maintaining the cancer register, Dr Thakur said, "The data will further help in planning, monitoring and preparing cancer-control activities in a region. A reliable data is very important, as public health intervention is not possible without it."

To make the general public aware about the importance of cancer registries, the School of Public Health and Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai are jointly conducting a workshop on Cancer Registration and Cancer Control from October 10-12 in collaboration with Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab.

The inaugural session is scheduled on October 11, from 10am to 11am in Bhargava Auditorium, PGIMER. Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, will be the chief guest at the workshop.

Financial Express
10 October 2013,

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