Cancer cases increase by 15.7 per cent in the last six years

The data also showed that 11.5 lakh cancer cases were reported across the country this year, as against 10 lakh in 2012

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According to the data shared by Indian Council of Medical Research's National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (ICMR), in the last six years, the number of cancer cases countrywide have gone up by 15.7 per cent. The data also showed that 11.5 lakh cancer cases were reported across the country this year, as against 10 lakh in 2012. 

Also, as per the new data, cancer-related deaths have increased by 12 per cent while 7 lakh Indians died of cancer-related complications in 2012, the number increased to 7.8 lakh this year. 

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ICMR cancer centre director Dr Ravi Mehrotra said that lip an and oral cavity cancers have increased by a whopping 114 per cent in the six-year period while breast cancer is emerging as a disease linked to urban lifestyle which has increased by almost 11 per cent from 1.4 lakh in 2012 to 1.6 lakh in 2018.

These numbers are estimates provided by web-based Globocan Programme that was developed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and World Health Organisation.

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Meanwhile, Globocan data showed a 21 per cent fall in cervical cancer cases, from 1.23 lakh in 2012 to 96 in 2018. Until a decade back cervical cancer was considered as the no. 1 cancer among Indian women. 

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