Statistics that could come as a shocker, the state has the highest incidence of cancer in the country, with the deadly disease claiming more than 33,000 lives in the past five years.
The official statistics may be far less as many cases go unreported. The figures have been derived from a survey conducted by the state health department.
Discussing the statistics at a free cancer detection camp organised by Amandeep Hospital here on Monday, the facility's director, Dr Avtar Singh, said, "The World Health Organisation has an average of 80 persons per one lakh affected with cancer, while Punjab reports 90 persons per one lakh. Muktsar has the highest count of cancer cases in the Malwa region."
While Kapurthala has the highest incidence of cancer cases in the Doaba region, Amritsar heads the Majha region with 81.2 persons per lakh affected with the disease. Tarn Taran has the highest number of suspected cases of cancer.
"The camp is the second part of the series of camps organised by the hospital for facilitating early detection of cancer among children, women and others," said Dr Amandeep, managing director of the hospital.
The camp was attended by more than 112 persons, including children. The patients were examined to detect cancers of the blood, lymphomas, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, thyroid, kidney, bladder, besides prostate among children.
The women were screened for breast, cervical and ovarian cancers. The patients were also examined for cancers of the adrenal glands, penis and testicles, malignant and benign tumours of soft tissue, brain and spine, cancers of the mouth and tongue, head and neck, nose, parotid and ear.