In India, the cancer rate has more than doubled during the last 26 years. Out of all cancer types, Breast Cancer has been found the most common in Indian women. It is quite shocking that out of more than 100 types of cancers, only four types, viz., cervical cancer, lung cancer, oral cancer, and breast cancer, constitute 41 percent of cancer in the whole country.
Facts About Cancer in India:
- There is a possibility of any body part being affected by one of the hundred types of cancer.
- Cervical, lung, oral, breast, and colorectal are the top five types of cancers, which constitute 47.2 percent of all cancers.
- Cancer is the second most common factor of death in India, after cardiovascular disease.
- Tobacco-related diseases kill 2500 persons every single day in India. Therefore, the use of tobacco is the most preventable factor of deaths all across the world.
- In 2018, the use of tobacco was regarded as the cause of 3,17,928 deaths in women and men.
- Cervical Cancer is the main cause of death of women in India as compared to other countries. Women living in rural areas are more likely to develop Cervical Cancer than those living in urban areas.
- In Indian cities, about a quarter of all cancers that can be seen in women is Breast Cancer. In addition, it is the most common cancer type that can be seen in Indian women.
- In India, the average age to develop Breast Cancer is ten years lower than the western countries.
- Every eight minutes, a woman dies in India due to Cervical Cancer.
- Major types of cancers like cervical, lung, oral, breast, colorectal, and gastric cancer are curable if they are detected early and treated well.
Oral Cancer makes it to the top three types of cancers in India, as it is the most common in males and the third most common in females.
Currently, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer type seen in Indian women, irrespective of mortality as well as incidence.
Region-wise Cancer Types
- Northeast Region: Stomach and Oral Cancer
- West Bengal Region: Lung, Urinary Bladder, Gallbladder, Head, and Neck Cancer
- South and Coastal India Region: Stomach Cancer
- Goa Region: Colon Cancer
- Gujarat and Rajasthan Region: Head and Neck Cancer
- Punjab and Malwa Belt Region: Kidney, Urinary Bladder, and Breast Cancer
- Gangetic Plain Region: Gallbladder, Head, and Neck Cancer
- Madhya Pradesh Region: Oral Cancer