40% of cancer cases preventable if tobacco is out of the social system, say health experts | Jaipur News

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Jaipur: Contrary to the belief of Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena, most oncologists have suggested that tobacco is one of the major carcinogens.
Meena had sparked controversy on World Cancer Day by denying the link between tobacco and cancer saying, “Cancer also happens to those who don’t smoke tobacco, many who smoke tobacco excessively don’t have no cancer.
A US-based study stated that “tobacco control efforts prevented nearly 8,00,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States between 1975 and 2000”.
In addition, a study, Spectrum of malignancies in the Jaipur region (2004-2008), carried out by oncologists from the SMS hospital, revealed a high frequency of tobacco-related cancers (cancers of the lung, larynx and oropharynx) in men.
“Studies suggest that 40% of cancer cases can be prevented if tobacco is rejected from the social system,” said Dr. Hemant Malhotra, Professor and Head (Medical Oncology), Director of Sri Ram Cancer Center, Mahatma Gandhi Hospital.
Experts have advised people not to use tobacco to avoid the risk of cancer. “More than 77,000 people die every year in Rajasthan from diseases caused by tobacco and other tobacco products, while 13.50 lakh people die from these diseases across India. At the Cancer Hospital of Bhagwan Mahavir, 30% of patients have oral cancer. This is directly linked to tobacco and its related products. Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer in the world,” said Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta, Senior Surgical Oncologist , Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Center.
He said the report from the National Cancer Registry Program of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Center for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) revealed that there was a sharp increase in statistics on cancer across the country. According to the report, 13.9 lakh cases of cancer (tobacco-related cancers: 3,77,830) were recorded in 2020, this figure is expected to increase to 15.7 lakh (tobacco-related cancers: 4,27,273) in 2025.
Experts have suggested that the government should take steps to prevent cancer. “The World Health Organization has established tobacco as the causative agent of 13 types of cancer in humans. In India, it is chewing tobacco that causes nearly 90% of oral cancers. The effect The harmful effects of tobacco multiply when used in combination with pan masala or alcohol.
All tobacco products have become cheaper since the GST council did not revise taxes on tobacco products. The Ministry of Finance should levy an excise tax on these products, especially bidis and chewing tobacco. Otherwise, the poor will suffer more due to higher consumption,” said Dr Rakesh Gupta, a city-based cancer specialist.
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