2022 The First Three Months 1111 New Cancer Cases Recorded
SRINAGAR: In a state of shock, Kashmir Higher Education Hospital — Shere-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura recorded more than 1100 cancer cases in the first quarter of next year.
Medical experts at the Institute’s Radiation Oncology department agree that cancer cases have shown a dramatic increase in Kashmir and added that for men, lung cancer is the most common, while women are the most prone to breast cancer. Doctors at the center have called the growing cancer rate “a cause for great concern.”
Statistics show that compared to last year’s total of 4800 patients, SKIMS Soura found 1110 cancer cases in the first three months (Jan 1 to March 31) of 2022, the highest in recent times. Quoting Dr Fir Afroz, Head of the Radiation Oncology department at SKIMS KNO, reports that in all cases, lung cancer was found to be more prevalent in men and breast cancer was more prevalent in women.
He said smoking was one of the main causes of cancer in men. “Family history, obesity, age are some of the causes of cancer,” said Dr. Afroz.
However, he said one of the good things that happened in the village a few years ago was that people were aware of the disease. “We have a lot of patients coming in for treatment. “People have overcome the fear of getting treatment which is a good sign,” said Dr. Afroz, adding that “early detection of the disease helps to provide timely treatment, which may ultimately save valuable lives.”
According to Union Health Ministry figures, Jammu Kashmir reported an estimated 39041 cancer cases, of which 12675 were recorded in 2019, 13012 by 2020 and 13354 by 2021.
“Cancer is a multi-faceted disease and the risk factors include, among other things, the unhealthy lifestyle, the use of tobacco products, unhealthy foods and air pollution. The number of cancer cases due to water and industrial pollution is not available, ”read a letter from the department. Dr Afroz said a real increase in cancer cases could be found by the end of the year after comparing them to last year. “I urge patients with symptoms of cancer to come forward because early treatment can prevent the disease from spreading and help save lives,” he said, adding that there were standard treatment available at the Center as Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy were available. worried. “Infrastructure development is an ongoing process,” said Dr Afroz.