A mega health awareness campaign for cancer was organized in Agartala on Thursday. Dr. Gautam Majumdar, Superintendent of Regional Cancer Centre present in the camp said that 2500 new cancer patients are diagnosed every year in Tripura.
Dr. Majumdar also said that from 2014-2016, 3,786 patients lost their lives due to cancer. Among all cancer patients in the state, 40 percent suffer from head and neck cancer mostly caused by chewable tobacco cancer he mentioned. According to a Global Adult Tobacco Survey report, Tripura tops NE in tobacco consumption in all its forms; 64.5 percent patients admitted using tobacco in a report.
In the age group 35 to 64 years of age, people were mostly found to be affected according to reports. It was also reported that 1,458 cancer patients lost their lives in 2016 in Tripura and most of the cases of cancer were in head and neck. The Northeastern Region with a population of approximately five crore sees about 45,000 new cancer cases every year.
The health campaign was a part of the pan Northeast motorcycle ride for cancer awareness. The ride, hosted by Tata Trust, has got a group of motorcyclists travelling from Silchar to Agartala via Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Imphal and Aizawl.