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India has some of the highest cancer rates in the world

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:215
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

Parts of India have the world's highest incidence of cancers of the gall bladder, mouth, and lower pharynx, India's first cancer atlas shows.

The atlas, produced by the Indian Council of Medical Research, has also found pockets of stomach and thyroid cancer in the south of the country.

The National Cancer Registry Programme in Bangalore used data from 105 hospitals and private clinics in 82 of the 593 districts in India to map the incidence of cancer, as part of a project funded by the World Health Organization.

The survey included more than 200 000 patients with …

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