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25 lakh cancer patients in India

Cancer scenario in India is quite alarming with nearly 25 lakh patients in the country currently suffering from the deadly disease, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2009 13:06 IST

Cancer scenario in India is quite alarming with nearly 25 lakh patients in the country currently suffering from the deadly disease, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. “Cancer scenario in India is not very comfortable and every year there is an increment of 10,000 new cancer patients and the number of total victims stands at about 25 lakh all over,” Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Viswamohan Katoch said at a seminar on ‘New Frontiers in Haematology and Oncology´ in Kolkata on Friday.

Asserting that the ICMR will encourage every aspect of cancer research in India, Katoch said that was the reason why it had been supporting the symposium on cancer, organised by Netaji Subhas Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in the city.

Katoch said the ICMR has decided to fund a workshop to train 26,000 rural medical practitioners on the early symptoms of cancer and its prevention over a period of five years using telemedicine system. “There will be seven centres at Siliguri, Malda, Burdwan, Krishnagar, Bankura, Midnapore and Baruipur, which will be connected with the NCRI,” he said.

NCRI sources said this will help improve the healthcare system concerning cancer care in West Bengal through proper networking.