Newmai News Network |Aizawl | February 4: Mizoram has recorded the highest cancer cases in the country with 4,656 new cases reported in three years, between 2012 and 2014, State Nodal Officer for non-Communicable Disease (NCD), Dr. Eric Zomawia said during the observation of World Cancer Day in Aizawl on February 4.
Quoting Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) report released in 2016, Zomawia said at least 2,176 people including 830 females have died due to cancer between 2012 and 2014 in the state and the average deaths per year is 711 . There are 4,656 new cases of cancer with number of females at 2,089 and that of male at 2,567, he said, adding on the average, there were 1,552 new cancer cases each year in Mizoram. Zomawia also said that Mizoram, not only holds the top position in cancer across all sites for male and female, but also topped in tongue cancer (male), lung cancer (male & female), stomach cancer (male & female), hypopharynx cancer (male), and gland cancer (male).
The state also topped the list in Cervix cancer in women in the country. According to the officer, stomach cancer with 710 cases was the commonest in Mizoram between 2012 and 2014 followed by lung cancer at 688 cases. He then said that extensive consumption of tobacco (which contributed 30 per cent), coupled with unhealthy food items such as smoked meat and fermented soyabean and pork are the main factors for high cancer rate in Mizoram.
Addressing the World Cancer Day at Assembly Annexe conference hall here, Mizoram Health minister, Dr R. Lalthangliana expressed concern about the rapid growth rate of cancer in the state and called for collective efforts to fight the disease. Citing that about 30 to 50 per cent of cancers are preventable if follow healthy life style, according to experts, the minister urged the people to abstain from tobacco, maintain healthy food habit and regular exercise. Lalthangliana also said that the state government is giving utmost concern to high cancer incidence in the state. He further said that the Centre government has sanctioned Rs 44.27 crore for upgradation of Mizoram State Cancer Institute into Tertiary Care Cancer Centre (TCCC), of which Rs 14.64 crore has been released as first installment. He added that he recently met Union Health Secretary, Preeti Sudan in New Delhi asking her to release second installment.