Northeast India, the cancer capital of the country, says ICMR report

In 2020, the estimated number of cancer cases in the Northeast was 50,317,

of which 27,503 were males and 22,814 females, the report said.

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Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh and Aizawl in Mizoram recorded the highest number of new cancer cases in the country among females and males respectively, as per a report released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR).

The report stated that Papum Pare district has 219.8 per one lakh cancer cases among females and Aizawl has 269.4 per one lakh cases among males.

Dr Kaling Jerang, the principal investigator of Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) at Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH) in Pasighat said, "Northeast India is the cancer capital of the country with the highest age-adjusted cancer incidence rates of newly diagnosed cancer cases".

He informed that the PBCR project under the ICMR-NCDIR, Bengaluru, has been studying the cancer trends under the National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP), and said that he is hopeful that the cancer data revealed by the project will be used by the government in policy-making decisions regarding cancer prevention, treatment and management.

In 2020, the estimated number of cancer cases in the Northeast was 50,317, of which 27,503 were males and 22,814 females, the report said.

According to the report, oesophagus cancer was most prevalent in the region with cases of 5,785 last year and will continue to be most prevalent in this region till at least 2025, it predicted.

Across Northeast, oesophagus cancer (13.6 per cent) is the highest among males, followed by lung cancer (10.9 per cent) and stomach cancer (8.7 per cent).

The report further revealed that among females, the leading cancer site is the breast (14.5 per cent), followed by cervix uteri (12.2 per cent) and gallbladder (7.1 per cent).

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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