New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) India is witnessing a steady increase in the number of diabetes and cancer cases, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
While more than five lakh people died of cancer this year, the total number of people suffering from diabetes could go upto 87 million by 2030.
In a written reply, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, “as per the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the number of cancer cases is gradually increasing in the country”.
Informing the House that the exact number of people suffering from diabetes is not known, he said, “The International
Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates the total number of people in India with diabetes to be around 50.8 million in 2010 which is likely to rise to 87 million by 2030″.
Bandyopadhyay tabled a state-wise data of the number of cancer deaths in the country this year.
While a total of 5,24,911 people died of cancer in 2010, this year the number of people succumbing to cancer reached 5,35,767.
Uttar Pradesh registered the highest cancer mortality rate this year with a total of 89,224 deaths, followed by Maharashtra- 50,989 deaths, Bihar- 43,864 and West Bengal where 40,199 people died because of cancer.
On steps taken by government to check these diseases, Bandyopadhyay said, “Government has launched a comprehensive National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in 2010.” .