With the district health department completing a mass cancer survey, it has been revealed that 2,284 people have died of the disease in the past five years in Sangrur district, depicting the curse of deadly disease on the Malwa region.
As per information, Sangrur district has reported maximum deaths across the state, though the survey is yet to be completed in some of the districts.
The survey report has come up with alarming figures as 7,749 suspected cases of cancer have come to light on the basis of 12 symptoms of the disease.
However,1,484 confirmed cases have been reported on the basis of medical reports of people diagnosed with cancer, who are under treatment at different government or private hospitals.
During the month-long survey, around 15.82 lakh people were covered by around 2,000 workers of the health department and 700 students from 11 nursing colleges.
Out of the total deaths in the districts, maximum deaths (321) have been reported in Longowal block where around 1.7 lakh people were surveyed. There are 668 suspected cases and 215 people have been found suffering from cancer in the block.
In Moonak block, which has always remained worst-hit by cancer across the district owing to unsafe drinking water, maximum confirmed and suspected cases of 274 and 1,978, respectively, were reported. Around 308 people have died of cancer in the past five years in the block.
After Moonak, Amargarh block has reported 271 cancer deaths, while 142 confirmed cases have been found after surveying 1.47 lakh people. From the block, 284 suspected cases of cancer have also been reported.
District health officer Dr Surinder Singla said as per findings of the survey, the abovementioned three blocks in the district remained worst hit by cancer in the past five years.
"The suspected cases will be closely examined by teams of specialist doctors in their respective blocks so that timely and required treatment is provided to them," Dr Singla said.
He added that the findings were based on 12 cancer symptoms and information provided by people covered under the survey.
Meanwhile, out of the 1,484 confirmed cases, 430 were registered with health department under the chief minister's cancer relief fund scheme.
At other places in the district, 664 suspected cases have been found in Sangrur city, 474 in Malerkotla, 231in Sunam, 159 in Dhuri, 785 in Bhawanigarh, 782 in Sherpur, 745 in Kohrian, 468 in Fatehgarh Panjgroya, 149 in Lehragagga and 362 in Mandi Ahmedgarh blocks.
In Barnala district, 780 cancer deaths had been reported in the past five years, while 588 confirmed and 1,091 suspected cases were found after 5.91 lakh people were covered under the survey.