DIMAPUR, Nov 19, 2017: Number of cancer cases in Nagaland has been increasing with more than 600 cases detected every year with a rough estimate of incidence rate found to be 70.7 and 50 per lakh population in male and female respectively.
This was disclosed by head of department (Pathology) Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, principal investigator, Population Based Cancer Registry, Health laboratory and Research Centre (PBCK&HLRC), Dr. V. Khamo, during a “cancer awareness programme” on Friday at Agape College, Padumpkukhuri Dimapur.
According to Dr. Khamo, between 2010-2014, 3161 cancer cases was registered in Nagaland which comprises of 60.68% male and 39.33% female.
As per Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) cancer incidence data for the year 2012-2014, she said Nagaland ranks in 10th position (male) and 23rd position (female) in national level.
According to PBCR data, Dr. Khamo said three leading cancer in Nagaland in male includes Nasopharynx, stomach and oesophagus whereas in female cervix ulteri, breast and stomach cancer are common.
Cancer being a major disease worldwide, she asserted that each year tens of millions of people are diagnosed with cancer around the world and more than half of the patents eventually die out of it.
Dr. Khamo cautioned that the dreaded disease was severely attacking the small hilly state of the Northeast- India, Nagaland.
Further, Dr. Khamo said cancer could be cured if detected in early stage adding that early detection and timely treatment was must to prevent the disease.
The programme was chaired by Agape College, lecturer, Shahilo Tep, welcome address was delivered by Agape College, principal, Dr Samuel Venuh and later benediction was pronounced by Agape College academic dean, Dr. Koshiling Maring.
Source: Nagaland Post