Aizawl, Feb 4: With Mizoram being dubiously holding the top position in cancer case in the country, as many as 3267 people died of the non-communicable disease in five years, State Nodal Officer (NCD), NPCDCS Dr. Eric Zomawia said during the observation of world cancer day here today.
Dr. Eric Zomawia said that the report of Mizoram PBCR published in 2015 shows that as many as 6403 people were found suffering from cancer and 3267 people have died of the disease in 5 years.
It has been estimated that about 1300 people suffers from cancer and 650 people died of the disease every year in Mizoram, and the main factor which led to cancer is tobacco consumption, he added.
According Dr. Eric, Mizoram topped in 9 cancer cites. Besides holding the top position in cancer all sites (male and female), Mizoram also topped in tongue cancer (male), Lung cancer (male & female), stomach cancer (male & female), hypopharynx cancer (male) and gland cancer (male). He said that majority of death in the state was caused by cancer.
World cancer day was today observed across the state under the joint aegis of National Programme for Prevention & Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases & Stroke (NPCDCS) and National Programme for Prevention and Control of Deafness (NPPCD), during which free Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) free screening clinic was held.
In Aizawl, the observation was held at Chanmari YMA Hall with a theme “We can, I can”. Health minister Lal Thanzara graced the function as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, health minister Lal Thanzara lauded the organizers for having organized a function in observation of world cancer day and conducting free clinic on the occasion.
He said that the rampant increase of cancer among Mizos can be checked or abated if people make concerted effort to combat it. Lal Thanzara said that 90 per cent of cancer cases can be cured if diagnosed early. He urged the gathering to not neglect but combat to abate cancer which caused majority of death in Mizoram.