Bhubaneswar,Jan 04(Agencies):With cancer cases in the country set to increase nearly five fold by 2025 from about 20 lakh at present,Indian Cancer Congress-2011 is being held here from February 11 to frame strategies to tackle the menace.
 
"There are around 15 lakh to 20 lakh cancer cases at any given point of time in India and the number is expected to increase five times by the year 2025," Organising Secretary of the three-day Congress Dilip Kumar Agarwalla told reporters.

Describing cancer as one of the ten leading cases of death in the country, he said over seven lakh new cases of cancer and three lakh deaths occur annually due to cancer while about 15 lakh patients require facilities for diagnosis, treatment and follow up at a given time.

As cancer usually occurs in the later years of life with increase in life expectancy to about 68 years the total cancer burden from all categories is likely to increase substantially, Agarwalla said.
 
Chairman of the organising committee KS Panda said about 700 delegated from across the country and abroad are likely to attend the biennial Congress which would provide an oppurtinuty to share emerging challenges and successes in disease management.

Describing tobacco as the leading cause of oral cancer,he said the objective is to strengthen the existing cancer treatment facilities which are inadequate in India.

Also important is primary prevention of cancer by health education regarding hazards of tobacco consumption and necessity of genital hygiene for prevention of cervical cancer, he said adding more attention is also needed for secondary prevention like detenction and diagnosis for cancer.