Aizawl: The state of Mizoram joins the world in observing the World Cancer Day, on Tuesday to spread awareness against the deadly disease.
Health minister Dr R Lalthangliana graced the main observance of the event held in Aizawl.
Speaking on the occasion, Lalthangliana said Mizoram continues to occupy first place in cancer incident in the country despite massive efforts made by the government.
He said that at least 2,176 people, including 830 females have died due to the deadly disease during three years from 2012 to 2014 quoting latest Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) released in 2016.
More than as 4,600 cancer cases were detected during the same period, which manifested that the growth is extremely “alarming,” he said.
In order to cater to the needs of the people, said Lalthangliana, the government would establish cancer speciality hospital in Aizawl.
The proposed project, which would cost Rs 500 crore, is expected to be the best cancer hospitals in the country, he said.
He added Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to undertake the project.
Branded as “cancer state,” Mizoram holds the top position in cancer across all sites for male and female, tongue cancer (male), lung cancer (male & female), stomach cancer (male & female), hypopharynx cancer (male), and gland cancer (male), according to Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) published in 2016.
It also topped the list in Cervix cancer in women in the country.
It has been estimated that on average at least mi 725 people died every year due to cancer and 3 people are diagnosed with the deadly disease every day in Mizoram.
Organised by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the World Cancer Day is observed across the world every year.
This year, “I am and I will” is the theme and it acknowledges that everyone has the capacity to act in the face of cancer.
The World Cancer Report said that according to the estimated cancer burden in India in 2018, there are about 1.16 million new cancer cases, 784,800 cancer deaths, and 2.26 million 5-year prevalent cases in India’s population of 1.35 billion.