After Infant Mortality Rate (IMR), Odisha has performed better in another health index. It has recorded less incidence of cancer cases and mortality rate compared to developed States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. According to National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), an institute under Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), of 49,674 persons detected with cancer in Odisha, 25,035 had died of the deadly disease in 2016.
While 41,848 people succumbed to the disease of 82,836 incidences in Rajasthan, 37,182 died of 73,551 cases in Gujarat during the same period. Similarly, of 1,32,726 cancer cases, 67,035 died in Maharashtra; of 80,999 cases, 40,796 died in Tamil Nadu and of 73,511 cases, 37,052 died in Karnataka. There is no population-based cancer registry in Odisha. This paper highlights patterns of cancer at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC).
It has recorded less incidence of cancer cases and mortality rate compared to developed States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. While 69 people die of cancer in Odisha every day, close to 84 people are dying per hour in the country. An estimated 7,32,921 people had died of cancer in the country of around 14,51,417 cases in 2016.
Odisha had recorded 47,666 incidences in 2015 of which 24,019 had died and of 45,736 cases, 23,043 succumbed in 2014. Every year, the State is adding nearly 2,000 new cases. The health officials have attributed the low mortality rate to the stern measures taken by the State Government for the treatment and screening of cancer patients.
Above figure Showing all cancer prevalence per 100,000 population in Odisha districts- districts closest to AHRCC, Cuttack has a higher prevalence compared to districts away from AHRCC.