Cancers are a large family of diseases that involve abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. It is one of the major cause of mortality throughout the world. The Indian Council Medical Research report suggests that India is likely to have over 1.73 million new cases of cancer and over 0.88 million deaths due to the disease by 2020. Cancer is associated with a lot of fear and negativity and the name alone evokes visions of mortality and morbidity in patients, their family members and relatives alike.
India accounts for the third highest number of cancer cases among women after China and the US, growing annually at 4.5-5%, new data shows. [2, 3] Late detection and lack of awareness happen to be the main reasons for India to be highly cancer prone. “More than 50% of the cases in India are detected in stage 3 or 4 decreasing their survival rate” highlights Dr. Snober Mir, Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering at Integral University.