A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted a ‘threatening’ health forecast for Indians. The report says that 1 out of every 10 Indians is highly likely to develop cancer during his lifetime. Further one in every 15 Indians would die of the disease adds the report.
The awakening report came just a day before ‘World Cancer Day’ that is marked on 4th February. As per the report, an estimated 1.16 million new cancer cases were reported in India in 2018. A total of 784,800 cancer deaths, and 2.26 million 5-year prevalent cases exist in India’s population of 1.35 billion.
“Cancer patterns in India are dominated by a high burden of tobacco-related head and neck cancers, particularly oral cancer, in men and of cervical cancer in women; both of these cancer types are associated with lower socioeconomic status,” the report said.
In India, the burden of cancer types, such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer, associated with overweight and obesity, lower levels of physical activity, and sedentary lifestyles are increasing.
Talking about the effect of cancer at the global level the report says global cancer rates could rise by 60 percent over the next 20 years unless cancer care is ramped up in low and middle-income countries. More from the report can be read here.