Prevalence of Cancer in India and in particular regions

In India the most frequently reported cancer in males are of lung, esophagus, Stomach, and larynx. In females, cancers of the cervix, breast, ovary, and esophagus are the most commonly encountered. Cervical cancer is highest in women in India. Among men oral cancer rates highest. Smoking, chewing paan & gutkha is responsible for oral cancers. Obesity and lack of physical activity are associated with increased risk at various cancers, including breast and endometrial cancer. Incidence rates for oral cancer in India are among the highest in the world and are mostly associated with diet, weight and other lifestyle factors. Esophageal cancer is moderately high in India and is associated with certain diets and lifestyles. Esophageal cancer is the second most common cancer among males and the fourth most common cancer among females in India. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer of the female genital tract in India, with approximately 100,000 new cases occurring each year. This accounts for almost 20% of all new cases diagnosed in the world annually. In India, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing, with an estimated 80,000 new cases diagnosed annually. Compared to other countries, stomach cancer incidence rates are moderate to low in India.

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