Nagaland has highest rate of Nasopharynx cancer in India

Nagaland has highest rate of Nasopharynx cancer in India

Dimapur, June 2: Terming North-East India the capital of cancer of the country, Dr. AC Kataki, director of Dr. B Borooah Centre Institute, Guwahati today revealed that Nagaland in particular has the highest rate of Nasopharynx cancer among males in the entire country and it much has to do with tobacco consumption.
Speaking during an outreach program for management of common cancers of the NE here at Eden Medical Centre, Dimapur Dr. Kataki said that NE has the highest number of tobacco consumers in the country and 40% of the cancers among males that originate from here are directly related to tobacco consumption. Among females, the rate is 13%.
Disclosing that an astounding 78% of the patients of Nagaland go out of NE for cancer treatments, he said that in the region, except only three states which include Assam, more than 60% of the patients venture out for treatment and thus called for infrastructural development here. He, nevertheless, added that no amount of money or facilities would be able to deliver in the region unless there is a capable and trained staff and thus it is very important to have trained staffs here.
Explaining the reason for organizing the CME by Dr. Dr. B Borooah Centre Institute in association with National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (ICMR), Bangalore, he said that the prime objective of the programme is to create awareness among people that many of the cancers can be treated and many can be detected early and that NE has the highest incidence of cancer in the country with 150-200 cases in per lakh population comparing to urban India where it is 100 cases, semi-urban areas where it is 60-75 cases and rural India where there are 45-50 cases in per lakh population.
Director of NCDIR (ICMR), Bengaluru Dr. Prashant Mathur who was also one of the speakers of the program in his address had said that Nagaland and NE send out a lot of doctors outside but they don’t return because of the lack of facilities here.
Sharing similar view like Dr. Kataki on tobacco consumption, he said that unless the tobacco consumption drops, no number of new hospitals would really help and it is the cause of cancer that should be checked rather than delivering only treatment. He also added that due to late medication in the region of the disease, it also has a very poor survival rate in the country as people are not aware.
He questioned the improper registration for the causes of deaths in the region stating that most of the time it is not known why people are dying and thus possibly a large number of cancer deaths are not getting detected and often it is observed that the mode of death are presented as the cause of death and it is but a fallacy.
In a handout issued by the organizer of the event, it was mentioned that NE states contributes about 39,635 cancer patients each year of which Assam alone contributes 29,962 and Nagaland contributes to about 1,278 patients.
(Page News Service)