Cancer, in India, is now the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease; up from seventh in 2000. Incidence rates of Breast, Cervical and Oral Cancer in India are significantly higher when compared to global incidence rates. A substantial percentage of these incidences and associated mortality can be prevented. While in India, incidence rates of Breast, Oral, Lung and Prostate cancers continue to rise, developed geographies have seen a reduction in incidence rates of Breast and Oral cancer. This reduction has primarily been achieved through research, improved awareness levels and early cancer detection.
Source: International Agency for Research on Cancer – GLOBOCAN 2012