Along with India, Maharashtra witnesses a steady rise in cancer cases

The incidence of cancer is rising across the country. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey presented the figures in regards to the cancer cases in the country


The question on cancer patients was raised by Rajeshbhai Naranbhai Chudasama, a Member of Parliament from Junagadh-Gir Somnath, Gujarat.

The question stated whether the number of cancer patients is on the rise in the country and if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor; the steps taken by Government for early detection and cure of cancer patients in the country; the number of existing Cancer Care Centres/Institutes that have upgraded during the last three years, State/UT-wise; and the funds allocated, released and spent for this purpose during the last three years, State/UT-wise?

While replying to the subject, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, stated, “As per National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research-National Cancer Registry Programme data, there has been an increase in estimated incidence of cancer cases in the country. The estimated incidence of cancer cases reported during the last four years is as below:

2015  – 13,88, 397 cases

2016 – 14, 51, 417 cases

2017 – 15, 17, 426 cases

2018 – 15, 86, 571 cases

Choubey added, “Cancer is a multifactorial disease, the risk factors of which, interalia, include ageing population, sedentary life styles, use of tobacco products, unhealthy diet and air pollution.”

The incidence of cancer cases have also increased in Maharashtra.

2016 – 1,327,26 cases

2017 – 1,38,271 cases

2018  –  1,44, 032 cases

While speaking in the Vidhan Sabha, Maharashtra health minister, Eknath Shinde stated, “Currently mouth, cervical and breast cancer cases are rising in India and Maharashtra. Faulty lifestyle and genetics are also the causes of cancer. The state government has launched a program a few years back to screen those people who are above 30 years of age. And those who were suffering from cancer, are now taking treatment.”

“12 districts and sub-district hospital in the state is currently providing cancer screening tests. We have deployed trained manpower so that detection can be done at the earliest. People are also becoming more and more aware of cancer and prevention due to the sustained efforts,” Shinde added.