According to a new study published in the
Journal of Global Oncology, the cancer burden in India will double to 20 lakh
cases in 20 years.
The increase in cancer burden has been attributed
to demographic changes and improvement in and increased use of cancer
According to GLOBOCAN, India registered 11.6
lakh cancer cases in 2018. GLOBOCAN is a project of the International Agency
for Research on Cancer (IARC) under WHO. The project collects and publishes
surveillance data regarding the occurrence of cancer worldwide.
The study has highlighted the need to focus on
cancer diagnosis and treatment in India. It has called for establishing and
investing in more public cancer care centres.