Data to Chew on
• There are over 100 types of cancers which can affect human beings. • Any part of a body can be affected at any time and without any warning signals. • The incidence of cancer is on the rise in India. Various studies claim that there were about 14 lakh
cases in 2016 and the figure is projected to rise up to over 17.3 lakh by 2020. • A 2012 WHO report has indicated that India has the largest number of cancer-afflicted patients
globally after the USA and China. • Studies underline that 70–90 per cent of all cancers are due to lifestyle changes and environmental
factors, and not genetics, as presumed by people in general.