Cancer Cases Raising in
GUWAHATI (Nov 2014)
Assam has very high number of patients with cancer of the oesophagus,
pharynx (or throat), larynx and gallbladder in the country with betel
nut and tobacco chewing being the major contributors. According to
the data available with the population-based cancer registries, incidence
of cancer in Kamrup (metro) is third highest in the country. It may
also be stated that the State government has made cancer a notifiable
This was revealed in a regional workshop for cancer registry of northeast held recently at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in association with National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research, Bengaluru under the Indian Council of Medical Research at the institute auditorium. The workshop was attended by cancer experts from different parts of the northeastern region.
Prof UC Sharma, vice chancellor of Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences, Assam, who inaugurated the workshop, spoke about the importance of observational in epidemiology and stressed on the need for translational research from cancer registry data. Dr JD Sharma, organising chairperson and principal investigator of cancer registry unit at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, spoke at length about the importance of collaboration and cooperation of various hospitals, diagnostics centres and birth and death registration centres in smooth running of population based cancer registry.
The workshop aimed at helping all the delegates in adequately collecting information on cancer cases and generation of meaningful data for undertaking epidemiological studies on cancer which is an essential step for cancer prevention and control. The workshop further stressed on the need for concerted efforts for prevention and early detection of the disease through public education and extensive awareness activities.
Courtesy: by VOA Team.