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ITANAGAR | AIZAWL |AUG 20, 2020:
Northeast India witnessed the highest cancer-related incidences in terms of tobacco usage, informed the National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020.
The National Cancer Registry Programme Report was released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (NCDIR), Bengaluru.
According to the report, the cancer incidence rate for the male population ranges from 269.4 in Aizawl, Mizoram (highest in India) followed by East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and Kamrup (Metro) in Assam which reported 227.9 and 213 cancer cases per one lakh population.
Similarly, the cancer incidence rate for women population ranges from 219.8 in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh followed by Aizawl with 214.1 cancer cases per one lakh population.
The 2014-15 report of the National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (NCDIR) for Arunachal Pradesh in particular, indicated that cancer incidence rate is highest in Papum Pare district in females and second highest in males among Indian registries.
It has also been estimated that in 2020, cancer cases in the country will be at 13.9 lakh and likely to increase to 15.7 lakh by 2025, based on current trends.
In 2020, tobacco-related cancers in the country are estimated to contribute 3.7 lakh (27.1%) of the total cancer burden.
Among women, breast cancers are estimated to contribute 2.0 lakh (14.8%) and cervix cancers are estimated to contribute 0.75 lakh (5.4%), whereas, for both men and women, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract is estimated to contribute 2.7 lakhs (19.7%) of the total cancer burden.