Govt mulls PPP model for cancer detection centres: Ashwini Kumar Choubey

The government is mulling public-private partnership (PPP) modeled cancer detection centres with Tata Trust in states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh in order to reach out to a larger population, said Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, at an Assocham event held in New Delhi today.

About 8.2 million people die due to cancer across the world every year, said Ashwini Kumar Choubey while inaugurating an Assocham conference on National Congress on Cervical Cancer: A Race to Overcome the Killer Disease.

Dr Sumita Ghosh, Deputy Commissioner (Maternal Health), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI too addressed the conference.

She said that the government has identified nearly 125 centres for mass screening for oral, breast and cervical cancer.

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 per cent 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.

There are 29 hospital-based cancer registries and 29 population-based cancer registries (PBCRs) under NCRP. Their data shows that cervical cancer contributes to approximately 6–29 per cent of all cancer in females at different locations within the country.

Cervical cancer is the leading site in 6 registry areas viz., Barshi Rural, Barshi Expanded, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Pasighat PBCRs, adds the study.

The age-adjusted incidence rate of cancer cervix was found to vary widely among registries, highest being 23.07/100,000 in Mizoram State, followed by 22.54/100,000 in Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh) and the lowest being 4.91/100,000 in Dibrugarh district of Assam.

The older PBCRs such as Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, and Barshi Rural (Maharashtra) had an age-adjusted incidence rate between 13 and 16/100,000.

More than 85 per cent of patients of cervical cancer were from age group 40 years and above.

The maximum numbers of cases were reported in 50–59 years of age group amounting to 27.37 per cent of all cervical carcinoma cases, noted the study.

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