Prevalence of cancer in the Northeast, neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh, is much higher than any part of India. This is due to high consumption of tobacco, experts said here today.
Tobacco Catalyst to Cancer
‘The north-east is most vulnerable to the disease in India followed by Bangladesh and Myanmar. They are mostly prone to cancers in oral, breast, cervical, esophageal and gall bladder,’ Dr G K Rath, an oncologist from AIIMS told reporters here.
‘The number of cancer patients in the region is at least five times more than in Maharashtra. In northeast, people mainly suffer from the disease due to tobacco,’ Rath added. He said the chances could be reduced in the region by giving up tobacco. He recommended changing the food habit and lifestyles. He also advised consumption of natural food over junk food.
Dr Ravi Mehrotra, Director of Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology said nearly 80 percent of people are diagnosed late as they are not aware of screening the disease on time. ‘ Screening at the right time could reduce 80 per cent chances of cervical , 50 per cent chances of gastrointestinal and 25 per cent chances of breast cancer by use of modern technologies applied in developed countries. But nearly 80 percent people in India come late for diagnosis,” Mehrotra said.