As Western food takes a foothold in India, so do preventable cancer deaths.
“The extent to which death and illness from cancer will actually increase in the next 20 years will depend a lot on the investments made in future decades in tobacco control, healthcare delivery, cancer research, clinical trials, and increasing the public awareness as to how we can all help to reduce the risk of cancer by eliminating risky behaviours such as smoking… and following a healthy diet and lifestyle”
Professor Mohandas Mallath of the Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, and lead author of the paper on the growing burden of cancer in India, April 2014.
What has the research found?
- One million new cancer cases are being diagnosed in India each year
- This is projected to almost double to 1.7 million new cases by 2035
- Around 700,000 people are dying from cancer in India annually
- This will cause 1.2 million deaths per year by 2035
- Fewer than 30% of cancer patients in India survive for more than five years after their diagnosis
- Around 40% of all cancers in India are attributable to tobacco
- Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths overall
- Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women
- Breast cancer accounts for more than 1 in 5 of all deaths from cancer in women
- China, India, and Russia have found to together experience 46% of all new cancers worldwide and account for 52% of all cancer deaths globally
Study by Professor Paul Goss of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in collaboration with over 40 leading international cancer experts as published in the British medical journal The Lancet, April 2014. As reported by The Times of India on April 12, 2014.