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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WHO and vaccine group back ‘critical’ cervical cancer shots

Each year, more than 310,000 women die from cervical cancer, and the vast majority of deaths are in poorer countries where immunisation rates against the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes it are low. A vaccine given to girls to protect them against a virus that causes cervical cancer is a “critical” health tool and access […]

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Cancer Screening in India: Sharing Knowledge to Combat Fear and Build Hope

“Why is this happening to me?” That is the question I hear most often from women who come to our primary health center in Lepakshi, India, where we recently started screening for breast, cervical, and oral cancers. These women seek our services because they are afraid. They have symptoms like irregular vaginal bleeding or discharge, […]

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As gutkha stands banned, dohra consumption rising in Uttar Pradesh

By Dinesh C Sharma Dohra does not contain any statutory warning label and hence, consumers are unaware of its health hazards Oncologists have red flagged a smokeless tobacco product prevalent in parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh as a possible carcinogen. The product called dohra is a mixture of areca nut (supari), catechu (kattha), edible lime, […]

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