North East is the new cancer capital of India. A recent report released by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) has shown the increasing number of cancer cases in Northeast India.
According to the report, in 2020 the approximated number of cancer cases in the Northeast was 50,317 among whom 27,503 were males and 22,814 females.
The report predicted that oesophagus cancer was most prevalent in the region with cases 5,785 last year. This will continue to be most prevalent in the northeast till at least 2025.
Breast and lung cancer are the next most common types of cancer found in the northeast. There were 3,674 breast cancer cases in the region and 3,413 lung cancer last year.
Oesophagus cancer(13.6%) is the highest among males and followed by lung cancer(10.9%) and stomach cancer(8.7%) across the northeast. According to the report among females, the leading site in breast cancer(14.5%), cervix uteri(12.2%) and gallbladder(7.1%).
Northeast’s Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram recorded the highest incidences of new cancer cases among males and females. As per a report released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh has recorded 219.8 per one lakh cancer cases among females and Aizwal has recorded 269.4 per one lakh cases among males.
According to Dr Kailing Jereng, the principal investigator of Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) said that Northeast India is the cancer capital of the country with the highest age-adjusted cancer incidence rates of newly diagnosed cancer cases.