The Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) has started a cancer registration programme for cancer patients throughout the country to create a database for medical practitioners and researchers and to facilitate better understanding of different forms of the disease.
“We want the members of ASI to provide us with the age, sex, location and type of cancer the patient is suffering from. We plan to analyse this information and come up with region wise occurrence of a particular type of cancer or the relation of the disease with age,” said Dr N.K. Pandey, president of ASI.
Annually, about 4.4 lakh people die of various cancers in India, while 9 lakh are diagnosed with them.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also has a cancer registry programme but it is limited to very few centers, said Pandey.
“ASI’s programme will be more inclusive as we have members in the remotest areas of India,” he said.
The Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) flagged off the programme on January 2 this year. The members of ASI will be required to fill a form and send it to ASI’s headquarters in Chennai or fill a from online.
“As only 2,300 of our members can access the Internet, forms will have to be filled and sent to us physically,” Pandey added.