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Lung cancer fast turning into epidemic in India

Lung cancer today accounts for higher number of deaths in the country than colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer Only 15 percent of cases of lung cancer are curable at the time of diagnosis. In fact, if lung cancer is detected by chest X-ray, it is already too late for the patient Lung cancer accounts for 5.9% of all new cancer cases diagnosed in India (both sex combined) On occasion of World Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, Vikram Hospital is offering lung cancer screening program and smoking cessation therapy

BENGALURU / November 23, 2018: Data from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) suggests that lung cancer is fast turning into an epidemic in India. It is a high-mortality cancer due to late stage at diagnosis and poor access to affordable healthcare, and today accounts for higher number of deaths in the country than colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. This was said by oncologists from Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru, who were speaking at a workshop to create awareness about lung cancer in the city. Worldwide, November is observed as the lung cancer awareness month.

Said Dr. Niti Raizada, Sr. Consultant Medical Oncologist and Hemato-oncologist, Vikram Hospital, …

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