Record Rise in Cancer Patients in Kerala

Published on: 24 Oct, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Health News

22 October 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

There has been a 280 percent rise in cancer patients in the past three decades in Kerala, reveals a study by the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here. “In the past one decade, there has been a 50 per cent growth itself and every year there are 25,000 new cancer patients in the state,” revealed the study.

Incidentally, the only full fledged cancer centre in Kerala is the RCC, while the Malabar Cancer Centre in Kannur district is as yet only partially operational.
Eminent cancer specialist V.P. Gangadharan said the need of the hour is to start more number of oncology centres across the state.

“The RCC today serves cancer patients from across the state. A new specialised cancer centre has to be set up in Kochi as it would help patients all over the state because it is located in the Centre of the state,” said Gangadharan.

The study revealed that breast cancer accounted for 11 per cent cases in the past three decades, while thyroid cancer came next among women, while among men, lung cancer accounted for 20 percent of cancer patients, followed by stomach cancer cases.

Source– http://zeenews.india.com

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