Tobacco epidemic at turning point as male smoking rates stall: WHO

LONDON: The number of men who smoke and use tobacco has stopped rising and is on the turn for the first time, marking a shift in a global epidemic that has killed tens of millions of people over decades, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The change in global smoking trends shows that governments’ efforts to control tobacco are working […]

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Breast cancer: Does hair dye increase risk?

Overall, breast cancer affects around 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. Although breast cancer incidence rates among non-Hispanic white women have historically been higher than among non-Hispanic black women, in recent decades, the rate of breast cancer among black women has increased. Today, the breast cancer rates among black and white women are similar. However, according to the authors of a […]

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Kevats help patients at Tata Memorial navigate cancer care system

Last month, a patient diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer walked into the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Parel, looking lost. With no attendant accompanying him, his registration process had hit a roadblock. That is when Bhagyashree Parkar (24), a freshly-recruited patient navigator at the hospital, took charge. “The patient had a confirmed diagnosis from a hospital […]

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India saw highest number of cervical cancer deaths in 2018

NEW DELHI : India recorded the highest estimated number of cervical cancer deaths in 2018, a research paper published in the Lancet Global Health has revealed. The report, Estimates of incidence and mortality of cervical cancer in 2018: a worldwide analysis, also said that India and China together made up more than one-third of the global […]

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Rajya Sabha passes Bill seeking blanket ban on e-cigarettes

NEW DELHI : India is all set to impose a blanket ban on e-cigarettes as Rajya Sabha on Monday passed The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019. The Bill that was passed with voice vote in upper house, has already received a nod from the Lok […]

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To grow, India must invest in public health

While there is much debate about the current state of India’s economy, it is pertinent to ask what factors might slow economic growth over the longer term. In this context, the poor state of our nation’s public health is important. Despite some vigorous steps by government, we still rank among the weakest performers in the […]

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Lok Sabha passes Prohibition of E-Cigarettes Bill

NEW DELHI : Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill that seeks prohibition of e-Cigarettes in India with Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan, calling the ban as a “pre-emptive strike” on the “hazardous” addiction. Harsh Vardhan said that with The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, […]

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The Cancer Miracle Isn’t a Cure.

In the next few years, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States. Later in this century, it is likely to be the top cause of death worldwide. The shift marks a dramatic epidemiological transition: the first time in history that cancer will reign as humankind’s number-one killer. It’s a good news/bad […]

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Men with Breast Cancer Face High Mortality Rates, Says Study

Men with breast cancer are more likely to have lower overall survival rates than their female counterparts, a study said. “The persistent disparity, derived from an analysis of data from the National Cancer Database, suggests a possible distinct cancer biology, less effective treatment or compliance issues, and perhaps unhealthy lifestyles among men may be responsible […]

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