Mizoram has recorded the highest cancer cases in the country with 4,656 new cases reported in three years, between 2012 and 2014, State Nodal Officer for non-Communicable Disease (NCD), Dr. Eric Zomawia said during the observation of World Cancer Day in Aizawl on February 4.
Quoting Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) report released in 2016, Zomawia said, at least 2,176 people including 830 females have died due to cancer between 2012 and 2014 in the State and the average deaths per year is 711. Zomawia also said that Mizoram, not only holds the top position in cancer across all sites for male and female, but also topped in tongue cancer (male), lung cancer (male & female), stomach cancer (male & female), hypo pharynx cancer (male), and gland cancer (male).
The State also topped the list in cervix cancer in women in the country. According to the officer, stomach cancer with 710 cases was the commonest in Mizoram between 2012 and 2014 followed by lung cancer at 688 cases. He revealed that extensive consumption of tobacco (which contributed 30 percent), coupled with unhealthy food items such as smoked meat and fermented soya bean and pork are the main factors for high cancer rate in Mizoram.
Lalthangliana informed that the State government is concerned about the high cancer incidence. He further added that the Centre government has sanctioned Rs 44.27 crore for up-gradation of Mizoram State Cancer Institute into Tertiary Care Cancer Centre (TCCC).