Cancer second leading cause of deaths
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.