At the global level, India has the highest number of oral cancer cases and each year about 75,000 to 80,000 new cases are added to the list. 20-30 per cent of cancer cases are caused due to poor eating habits and incorrect sexual and reproductive habits, said Dr. Amit Dhiman, Oncosurgeon.
Oral cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer rates are rising among men, while breast cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer rates are rising among women.
“Early detection and regular health check-ups are the key to detecting cancer at an early stage and nipping it in the bud. People come to us when cancer is in an advanced stage and if things continue this way, I fear that by 2020 cancer will become the number one deadly disease in India,” adds Dr. Sekhon.