World Cancer Day: IMA Campaign for Cancer Awareness, Prevention & Early detection

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The burden of cancer cases in India is rising. About one million new cases of cancer occur in India every year. According to a report compiled from cancer registries across India by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) (May 19, 2016), India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by the year 2020. An estimated 8.8 lakh people are expected to succumb to the disease by 2020. The most common cancer among women is breast cancer, while mouth cancer is the commonest cancer among men.

About one third of cancer deaths are related to 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks

1. Tobacco
2. High BMI
3. Low fruit and vegetable consumption
4. Lack of physical activity
5. Alcohol use

Tobacco is the biggest and the most preventable cause of cancer. It causes nearly 20% of global cancer deaths and around 70% of lung cancer deaths worldwide.

Creating awareness becomes especially important as only 12.5 per cent of patients come for treatment in early stages of the disease.

IMA requests all its branches / members to plan an activity to increase awareness about cancer among their patients and the community. Press sensitization, poster in your clinics, lectures, CMEs, SMS or email to all members are some of the activities can be done.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI