New Delhi: The government is mulling public-private partnership (PPP) model cancer detection centers with Tata Trust in states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh in order to reach out to a larger population, said Mr Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on 18th January.
About 8.2 million people die due to cancer across the world every year, said Mr Ashwini Kumar Choubey while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on National Congress on Cervical Cancer: A Race to Overcome the Killer Disease.
Dr Sumita Ghosh, Dy. Commissioner (Maternal Health), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI addressing the conference said that the government has identified nearly 125 centres for mass screening for oral, breast and cervical cancer.
Prof Ravi Mehrotra, Director, National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research said India has no ambassadors for cervical cancer and our local languages don’t even have a name for it.
Prof Mehrotra further said that India contributes to nearly one-fourth of the global burden of cervical cancer, with it being the 2nd most common female cancer here in terms of both incidence and mortality. Therefore, researchers emphasized the need for population-based interventions in India to reduce the overall burden of cervical cancer globally. Despite the lack of large scale screening programmes, there was a decline noted in the cervical cancer in urban India. However, the decline was much slower in rural areas.
The joint study on ‘Cervical Cancer’ prepared by ASSOCHAM-NICPR reveals, India alone has for one fourth of the global burden of cervical cancers. It accounts for 17% of all cancer deaths among women aged between 30 and 69 years. It is estimated that cervical cancer will occur in approximately 1 in 53 Indian women during their lifetime compared with 1 in 100 women in more developed regions of the world.