Cancer cases in India to reach 15.7 lakhs by 2025

Chennai: The National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020 estimates that in 2020 cancer cases in the country will be at 13.9 lakhs and likely to increase to 15.7 lakhs by 2025, based on current trends.

The report was released by The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (NCDIR), Bengaluru.

A ICMR statement said these estimates are based on information related to cancer collected from 28 Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCRs). Additionally, 58 Hospital Based Cancer Registries (HBCRs) provided cancer data. In 2020, tobacco related cancers are estimated to contribute 3.7 lakhs (27.1 per cent) of the total cancer burden.

Among women, breast cancers are estimated to contribute 2.0 lakhs (14.8 per cent) and cervix cancer are estimated to contribute 0.75 lakhs (5.4 per cent), whereas for both men and women, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract is estimated to contribute 2.7 lakhs (19.7 per cent) of the total cancer burden.

The cancer incidence rate for male population ranges from 269.4 in Aizawl district (highest in India) to 39.5 in Osmanabad & Beed district per 1,00,000 population. Similarly, the cancer incidence rate for women population ranges from 219.8 (Papumpare district) to 49.4 (Osmanabad & Beed district) per 100,000 population.