In a press conference on June 2 which was held at Eden Medical Centre Conference Hall, Dr. AC Kataki, Director of the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, said that the Lifestyle changes, population increase, urbanization, industrialization, prevalence of non-communicable diseases and consumption of alcohol and tobacco have increased cancer cases in the country and particularly in the Northeastern states of Nagaland”.
Dr. Kataki pointed out that cancer of nasopharynx, stomach and oesophagus in males and cervix and breast cancer in women were highly prevalent in Nagaland.
He was speaking at the Continuing Medical Education (CME), an outreach programme for management of Common Cancers of the North East, organized by BBCI and National Centre for Disease Informatics & Research (NCDIR, ICMR), Bengaluru, in collaboration with Eden Medical Centre (EMC), Dimapur and Indian Medical Association (Dimapur Chapter) at Eden Medical Centre Conference Hall here today.
Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) reported 40% Tobacco related Cancer among males and 13% among females in Nagaland in 2017.
National Tobacco Control Programme, Kohima, had recently reported during the World No Tobacco Day commemoration that Nagaland’s smoking rate has reduced from 31.5% to 13.2% and current smokeless tobacco use has gone down from 45.37 % to 39%. Nagaland, however, still has the highest use of pan masala with tobacco at 21%. This includes 24% men and 18% women who use pan masala.
Nagaland’s status from being the second highest consumer of tobacco (56.8%) in the country has significantly improved and moved down to 7th rank (43.3%) in North East India and 8th position in the country, as per data provided by GATS.
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