Incidence higher than national avg: 1 in 8 Chandigarh residents at risk of cancer, says report
The report states that lung cancer has the highest incidence among UT men, with 11.5 in every 1 lakh suffering from it.punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2017 13:16 IST
One in every eight residents in Chandigarh is at the risk of developing some form of cancer. This fact came to light in a report on ‘Cancer Burden in Chandigarh and Punjab’ compiled by the Population-Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) and released at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Friday evening.
According to the report, while 12% males in the age group of 0-74 are at the risk of getting cancer in UT, the risk is slightly higher — at 13% — among women in the same age group.
Also, while one in every 14 males is at the risk of dying of cancer, one in every 17 women face the same risk.
This was the second year of the registry, which covered 100% population of the UT.
Incidence higher than national avg
A collaborative effort of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, the PGIMER and UT director, health services, the report also highlights that cancer incidence in the city is higher than the national average.
While 96 in every 1 lakh males are suffering from cancer in UT, among females, the incidence is 104 of every 1 lakh, as per the study carried out in 2013-2014. The national average stands at 92.4 for men and 97.4 for women.
Lung, breast cancer most common
The report states that lung cancer has the highest incidence among UT men, with 11.5 in every 1 lakh suffering from it. It is followed by prostate cancer, which has higher incidence than that in even Mumbai and Chennai, though lower than the Delhi’s figure.
Among women, breast cancer is the most common, with 35 of every 1 lakh women affected by it. It is followed by cervical cancer.
While there is no specific reason for this stated in the report, experts attribute the high incidence of lung and breast cancer in Chandigarh to affluence and sedentary lifestyle.
“Lack of exercise and physical activity has been commonly held responsible for diabetes, which too leads to increased risk of breast cancer,” said Dr Rakesh Kapur of the PGIMER radiotherapy department, who is a co-investigator.
Meanwhile, the large population of senior citizens in Chandigarh are also at higher risk of developing prostate cancer.