Global health and cancer

Richard Horton1 vividly points out the current and growing deficiency in global cancer care, and the relative inattention this problem receives compared with infectious diseases. Repeated arguments against treatment include those he presented, with emphasis on prevention as the only current serious investment. Although meritorious, this approach is wholly inadequate. Imagine the outcry if that […]

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Lacking infrastructure to tackle cancer

India’s cancer cases are increasing by the day. As noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the country’s dominant cause of death, cancer has become India’s second biggest killer – behind only heart disease. Yet as recent figures show, there is a huge lack of infrastructure to tackle one of India’s foremost health crises. Just 62 […]

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Mizoram: India’s cancer capital

Aizawl(Mizoram): Mizoram, a tiny state in the Indian sub continent  known for its natural beauty also  has the highest incidence of four types of cancer in the world and records the highest in India and the main  reason is due to extensive  consumption of tobacco by the Mizo people including women . Gripping  more than […]

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No ifs or butts

For long, most people were under the assumption that cigarette filters are biodegradable however, cellulose acetate fibre – the predominant filter material – does not readily biodegrade due to the acetyl groups on the cellulose backbone Extensive attention has been given to plastic bags and straws as pollutants to the environment and a hazard to […]

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The cancer crisis in India

As per Indian Council of Medical Research data, India will have over 17.3 lakh cancer cases by 2020 — a doubling of cases in 25 years. It may see over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease, with only 12.5 per cent of the patients receiving treatment in early stages. Read More 

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India could be cervical cancer free by 2079: Lancet study

MELBOURNE: Cervical cancer could be eliminated as a public health problem in India within the next 60 years by making existing prevention programmes such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and cervical screening more accessible, according to a Lancet study published Wednesday. The estimates, which are the first of their kind at a global-scale, indicate […]

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Cancer survivor saves egg under skin, becomes mom

CHENNAI: Five years ago, doctors removed the reproductive organs of S* after she tested positive for stage II uterine cancer. However, one of the ovaries the oncosurgeon left behind in her abdomen, just beneath her skin, helped doctors give motherhood to the 32-year-old woman. READ MORE

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