Cancer Statistics India 2020 - Projected Incidence Urological Cancers
Indian ICMR-NCDIR-NCRP Investigator Group have brought out the Statistics of Cancers in India, published in 2020. This study reports the cancer incidence, patterns, trends, projections, cancer mortality, and clinical aspects of stage at presentation and treatment for the period 2012-2016 from 28 population-based and 58 hospital-based cancer registries in India under the network of the National Cancer Registry Programme.
The highest cancer incidence rate was observed in the NE region than other areas in the country. A substantial proportion of patients with cancer from the NE region are traveling outside the NE for treatment and cancer care.
The projected incidence of patients with cancer is higher for females (712,758) than males (679,421) for the year 2020. The projected national cancer incidence burden in 2020 will be 98.7 per 100,000 populations (1,392,179 patients) as a conservative estimate.
As regards us Urologists are concerned; none of the Cancers that are considered as Urological come in reckoning among other Cancers. Thus Urological Cancers according to this study do not warrant any implementation of Public Health action for control of cancer.
Recently we have gone ga, ga over the so called higher incidence of Urological Cancers and the need for Governmental support for its detection and appropriate treatments. In India, communicable disease is still rampant requiring all Governmental Attention and thus major share of finances allocated for health should be spent towards Eradicating Communicable diseases. Cancers definitely need special attention from the Government as to its possible prevention, early detection and appropriate treatments.
Should the Governments heed to our cries. It is going to be ‘cry in the wilderness’ for many more years to come. All we can do is to offer the best possible treatments to those who approach us at relatively low cost which could be affordable for the vast majority of Indians. Aping the West and thus implementing the treatments they propose which are costly, though it would be beneficial to some, should not be our aim. We should cut the ‘sleeve according to the material available’ and not vice versa.
I am providing the Statistics of Urological Cancers that we deal with extracted from the table provided in the article for our benefit. (PDF attached).
I am also proving the link for the article ‘Cancer Statistics, 2020: Report from National Cancer Registry Programme, India’ for those interested to understand the cancer patterns in India.
https://ascopubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1200/GO.20.00122 (Downloadable PDF available)
With Warm regards,