Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News

India has some of the highest cancer rates in the world

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7485.215-c (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:215

Rapid Response:

Re: Earliest possible prevention is far better than cure

The report of high incidence of cancer in India seems to have come
too late.
With a massive population and nonexistent tobacco control measures our
country has long been suffering from the deadly grasp of cancer.

Doctors can never treat the massive case load of advanced
presentations found in India.

The only choice seems to be prevention.From the side of the
government banning tobacco production and use would seem to be the most
apparent tool.Enforcement,as usual is bound to be nonexistent.

A better way may be to spread information among children,youth and
people with a mass following that tobacco is bad.Period.Once they realise
it, a healthy life style change which is lasting is likely to follow.
The economic savings made at the level of the individual also may be used
for measures of positive health and nation building.

Cancer is too complex a disease to be defeated by random research.
A concerted effort from the health care scientists,practising clinicians
and non profit organisations with large funding would be required to
launch attacks on this dreaded illness.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 February 2005
Jaiganesh K Viswambharan
Fellow National Board Minimal Access Surgery
Kolkata