About 6 lakh patients died of cancer across India in 2010, revealed a study on cancer mortality published in the UK medical journal The Lancet on Wednesday.
The results of the 10-year study, which was conducted by Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and Centre for Global Research in Toronto, showed that 71% of the 6 lakh patients were in the age group of 30-69.
The high mortality rate among middle-aged patients is contrary to the trend in developed countries where cancer deaths occur during old age, said professor Prabhat Jha of the Centre for Global Research.
Across India, tobacco-related cancers — oral cavity and lung cancer — accounted for 42% of deaths in men and 18.3% among women. Cervical cancer, not breast cancer as was believed earlier, accounted for the highest cancer deaths (17.1%) among women.
With 52,000 deaths from cancer in 2010, Maharashtra ranked the fifth lowest among all the states and Union Territories in India.