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The medical superintendent of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Agartala, Dr Gautam Majumder, said the state health department would open eight screening centres in Tripura for early identification of cancer patients.
The centres will open at Dharmanagr, Ambasa, Udaipur, Kumarghat, Jolaibari, Bishalgarh and Agartala.
“In our state, 60 to 70 people (are) affected with cancer every year, and an average (of) 2,500 new patients register their names in (the) Regional hospital. But according to our population, and our calculation every year the state should get 3,000 cancer patients,” Majumder said while addressing a rally organised by the RCC as part of World Cancer Day on Thursday.
“Every year 500 patients are missing or were not aware of their disease,” he added.
At present, the state has nearly ten thousand cancer patients.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)