May 232015

cancer cause of death

The latest data issued by the National Cancer Registry Program of the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has clearly shown that cancer has become the biggest cause of death in India with 1,300 deaths daily, and close to 5 lakh every year.

The data, which was released this month, shows an estimated 6% rise in mortality rate due to cancer from 2012 to 2014 (see box).

Doctors attribute the rise in mortality rate in cancer to large number of ageing population, unhealthy lifestyles, use of tobacco and tobacco products, unhealthy diets, lack of diagnostic facilities are some of the factors that can be attributed to the increase in the number of cancer deaths.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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