Cancer cases in NE to rise by 13.5% by 2025: NCDIR- ICMR study

GUWAHATI: Cancer cases in the northeast are projected to rise by a steep 13.5% by 2025, a research by the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed on Thursday.

The projected number of cancer cases for the year 2025 is estimated to be 57,131 (30,985 in males and 26,146 in females). The situation is even more alarming in Assam where another ICMR estimate shows that one in four men and one in six women of the state are at the risk of developing cancer, the highest in India, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) director, Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, said during an World Cancer Day event here on Thursday.

“Oesophagus cancer among males (4,351) and breast cancer among females (4,126) are estimated to be the highest by 2025,” the report, North East Report — 2021, published by ICMR-NCDIR, Bengaluru, stated. The estimated number of cancer cases in the northeast for 2020 was 50,317 (27,503 in males and 22,814 in females). A comparative study has suggested that at 5,785, oesophagus cancer cases stood highest in the region in 2020 and will continue to be highest in 2025. READ MORE

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