‘India’s cancer burden will double to 20 lakh cases in 20 years’

  1. 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.
  2. The increase in cancer burden has been attributed to demographic changes and improvement in and increased use of cancer diagnostics.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.