Incidences of cancer in North eastern states of India

Q.  Which of the following is/are true?

1) North-eastern States have traditionally reported low incidence of cancer compared to the rest of the country.
2) However, Papumpare in Arunachal Pradesh accounted for highest incidence of cancer in women.

- Published on 25 May 16

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

ANSWER: Only 2
 
  • North-eastern States have traditionally reported high incidence of cancer compared to the rest of the country, the latest data reveals that the cancer burden in the north-east is among the highest in the world.
  • The enormity of the tobacco problem in the north-east is reflected in the cancer registry.
  • The data was released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), collected by its Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) programme.
  • This data is important to help plan and prioritise health care services for patients. The north-eastern States have a peculiar burden of cancer and there is need to address it with a State-specific intervention.

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