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Mukh Mantri Punjab Cancer Raahat Kosh Scheme

Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division that leads to abnormal tissue growth. Cancer has become one of the major public health concerns. The burden of cancer is expected to further increase due to increase in life expectancy, demographic transitions and the effects of tobacco and other risk factors. It has become one of the leading causes of death.


Magnitude of Problem

Cancer in all forms causes about 12% of deaths throughout the world. In the developed countries cancer is the second leading cause of death next to only cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 21% of deaths. in the developing countries, cancer ranks third as the cause of death and accounts for 9.5% of all deaths. Cancer prevalence in India is estimated to be around 2.0 to 2.5 million, with over 7-9 lakh new cases being detected every year due to this disease. More than 70% of the cases report for diagnostic and treatment services in the advanced stages of the disease, which has lead to a poor survival and high mortality rate.