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16000 crore to fight cancer

February 5, 2012

With cancer cases rocketing in India, the health ministry has prepared a 15,855-crore plan for early diagnosis and treatment over the next five years.
This is the largest chunk of India’s overall budget for non-communicable diseases ( 58,000 crore — a 500% increase from the 11th Plan). By 2017, India plans to open two national cancer institutes, 20 state cancer institutes along with supporting 100 tertiary cancer centres.
The plan is also to increase district cancer centres from 100 to 640 by end-2017 and add 500 additional cancer specialists trained in its management, besides training 640 district cancer teams. Over the next five years, the number of institutes working on India’s cancer registry — that records cancer cases in India — are to be increased from 27 to 122.
The ministry says there are about 28 lakh cases of cancer at any given point of time in India with 10 lakh new cases every year. About 5 lakh deaths occur in the country annually due to cancer. WHO says the estimated cancer deaths in India is projected to increase to 7 lakhs by 2015.
Cancer accounts for 14% of the NCD mortality in India, about 3.3% of the disease burden and about 9% of all deaths. “Cancer is one of the 10 leading causes of death in India. ,” said a Planning Commission paper for the 12th Plan on NCDs.
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