Ludhiana:Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer across the world. In the wake of the growing Lung Cancer trend in India, Dr. Amit Dhiman, Head and Senior Medical Oncologist, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital addressed a media briefing to highlights his concern about the increasing lung cancer cases and related deaths in Ludhiana.
He emphasised on creating awareness about the myths associated with the disease, the importance of early, appropriate diagnosis and the strong potential of the novel Targeted Therapy with personalized medicine for successful treatment and cure.
Highlighting incidence and causes of Lung Cancer in Ludhiana, Dr. Amit Dhiman said, “In the past few years, I have observed a significant increase in lung cancer cases and significant increase in lung cancer deaths in Ludhiana. Lung cancer cannot be completely prevented but the risk of acquiring it can be controlled by the individual. Tobacco consumption in any form is very common in India and is a major risk factor for lung cancer. Smoking tobacco and exposure to cancer causing agents such as asbestos, radon, industrial and air pollution and diesel exhaust have been major causes of Lung Cancer in Ludhiana. The risk of acquiring Lung Cancer can be controlled by preventing exposure to these carcinogens.”
As per Globocan 2012 statistics, incidence and mortality rate of the disease in India is 70,000 and 63,000 cases respectively per 1,00,000. Lung Cancer is the second most common cancer among men in India. Smoking tobacco is the main cause of lung cancer in India.
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