Doctors at Fortis Hospitals in Vashi, Mumbai have emphasized that it is important to understand Cancer, the key symptoms and early warning signs, facts and trends and ways to prevent some types of cancers. The Hospital firmly believes that the public at large needs to know more about incidence of cancers so that they are equipped with the knowledge to battle it and adopt healthier lifestyle approaches to emerge victorious. Identifying cancer in early stage significantly improves chances of survival of patients.
Dr Shishir Shetty,Oncologist, Fortis Hospital, Vashi, said,“Among various diseases that affect humanity, Cancer – one of the most unpredictable and complex of all noncommunicable diseases – has emerged as a major threat. Today, Cancer is among one of the major causes of death globally, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths reported in 2012.”
In India, cancer is one of the top causes of death after cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 7% of Indian mortality, with numbers rising steadily since last few years. In 2004, 0.26 million people died of cancer and 0.82 million people were living with the disease. Those numbers had more than doubled by 2012 with 0.7 million people dying of cancer and 1.8 million living with it in 2012. According to a special research paper on cancer in India published in Lancet Oncology journal, these numbers may almost double to 17 lakh new patients and 12 lakh deaths per annum by 2035. As many as one-tenth of incidences (100,000) of cancer and as many deaths (43,000) due to cancer in India were reported in the state of Maharashtra in 2012.
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