Cancer cases could increase by 12% in next 5 years: ICMR

News: Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research(NCDIR) has released “National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020”.


  • About the report: The report provides trends and information related to cancer incidence, mortality and treatment in India in 2020 based on data collected through a network of population and hospital-based cancer registries across the country.

Key Findings:

  • Rise in Cancer Cases: India’s cancer cases could increase by 12% in the next five years.
  • Tobacco Related Cancers: In 2020, tobacco-related cancers are estimated to contribute to 27.1% of the total cancer burden and the highest of this will be in the North-eastern region of the country.
  • Most Cancer Cases: Among men, cancers of the lung, mouth, stomach and oesophagus were the most common.For women, breast and cervix uteri cancers were the most common.

Additional Facts:

  • National Cancer Registry Programme(NCRP): It is an initiative of ICMR and is overseen by National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research(NCDIR),Bengaluru.
  • Objectives: The main objectives of this Programme are: 
    • To generate reliable data on the magnitude and patterns of cancer
    • Undertake epidemiological studies based on results of registry data
    • Help in designing, planning, monitoring and evaluation of cancer control activities.
    • Develop training programmes in cancer registration and epidemiology.