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Incidence of cancer highest in North-East

  • The incidence of cancer in North-East is the highest in India. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, it is well over the national cancer incidence of approximately 10 to 13 thousand individuals per crore of population. 
  • The Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is the only hope for the cancer patients of the one crore population of the three districts of Barak valley of Assam, where more than 15 thousand patients are being treated annually.
  • The hospital and research centre was started in 1996 by a voluntary organization at Silchar. Today it has become one of the three specialized hospitals for cancer patients available in the entire north east India. Most of the patients are daily wage laborers and agricultural workers. 
  • The hospital has got facilities for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. It has divisions of pathology, preventive oncology, and pain and palliative care. 
  • Not only treatment and cure, they also work for awareness creation for prevention of cancer. Patients from the neighboring states of Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and even Arunachal Pradesh have started coming to this hospital for their treatment.


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