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 dedicated cancer care hospitals cater to an estimated 2.25 million people in India according to the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR). Compounding matters is chronic understaffing – observed particularly in shortages of specialists. This is undermining efforts to provide treatment to India’s cancer patients, in the process causing a considerable number of deaths that would otherwise be preventable. Read More