Can­cer sec­ond lead­ing cause of deaths

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CAN­CER IS now the sec­ond lead­ing cause of deaths in In­dia, says a study pub­lished in JAMA On­col­ogy. While in women, breast can­cer con­tin­ues to ac­count for the high­est num­ber of new can­cer cases in In­dia, max­i­mum num­ber of can­cer cases among men were of mouth can­cer. The study high­lighted that the num­ber of new mouth can­cer cases in­creased more than twofold since 1990, up from 55,480 in 1990 to 127,168 in 2013. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, the num­ber of breast can­cer cases more than dou­bled, from 57,374 to 154,261. Among In­dian men, deaths from mouth can­cer in­creased by 134 per cent as com­pared to 16 per cent in­crease in stom­ach can­cer cases, the small­est in­crease. Sim­i­larly, among the women, deaths from ovar­ian can­cer jumped by 123 per cent, while at 17 per cent, cer­vi­cal can­cer showed the small­est in­crease.

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