Breast Cancer in India

One person in India dies from cancer every 50 seconds. Hundreds of thousands more face surgery and years of treatment—driving a quarter of their households into poverty and making cancer the disease most likely to impoverish, according to the World Bank.
Breast cancer is gaining in alarming ways. A decade ago, it moved ahead of oral cancer, in which India ranks No. 1 worldwide, to become the country’s fastest-growing malignant disease. India will lose $20 billion in economic output from 2012 to 2030 as a result of breast cancer, the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston projects.
More than 115,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The few treatment centers that track survival say 52% of breast cancer patients in India are alive after five years, a 2010 study published in The Lancet found. That pales in comparison with the 89% survival rate in the US and the 82% rate in China.
In India, breast cancer typically strikes women at age 45 to 50—more than a decade earlier than in the West.
Source: Livemint

172,000 people died of AIDS in India

According to the National Aids Control Organisation NACO HIV/AIDS cases in India are declining as per new estimates.


What Urban Indians are Eating?

Do you want to know what Indians eat? A new study has revealed the eating habits of urban Indians.


The State of Healthcare in India

The state of Indian healthcare is explained by Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya in an interview to Businessindia magazine 5 Mar 2012.

“Indians are three times more prone to heart diseases than Europeans. Heart attack is the No.1 killer here. We need to do 2.5 million heart surgeries (in a year) and we do just 90,000. India produces just 80 cardiologists a year against 800 in the US. India has a shortage of one million doctors and two million nurses. About 70 per cent of our doctors live in urban India, whereas 70 per cent of our citizens live in rural India. If India sets up 100 medical colleges a year for the next five years, we may address shortage issues by 2025.”


HIV/AIDS Statewise statistics India 2010

As per the HIV Estimations 2010, India is estimated to have 23.9 lakh people infected with HIV in 2009 at an estimated adult HIV  prevalence of    0.31%. Adult HIV prevalence among men is 0.36%, while among women, it is 0.25%.

India and Statewise HIV Statistics 2010

State Estimated Adult HIV Prevalence
Male (%) Female (%)
Andaman & NicobarIslands 0.29 0.15
Andhra Pradesh 1.07 0.73
Arunachal Pradesh 0.2 0.12
Assam 0.1 0.06
Bihar 0.26 0.17
Chandigarh 0.46 0.29
Chhattisgarh 0.34 0.22
Dadra Nagar Haveli 0.17 0.12
Daman & Diu 0.18 0.13
Delhi 0.35 0.23
Goa 0.58 0.4
Gujarat 0.44 0.3
Haryana 0.17 0.07
Himachal Pradesh 0.23 0.16
Jammu & Kashmir 0.09 0.06
Jharkhand 0.16 0.1
Karnataka 0.75 0.51
Kerala 0.23 0.15
Madhya Pradesh 0.23 0.16
Maharashtra 0.64 0.45
Manipur 1.89 0.9
Meghalaya 0.1 0.07
Mizoram 0.97 0.64
Nagaland 0.94 0.61
Orissa 0.35 0.23
Puducherry 0.33 0.22
Punjab 0.37 0.26
Rajasthan 0.22 0.15
Sikkim 0.07 0.05
Tamil Nadu 0.39 0.27
Tripura 0.18 0.12
Uttar Pradesh 0.11 0.07
Uttarakhand 0.12 0.08
West Bengal 0.34 0.23
INDIA 0.36 0.25



78,000 Mothers die every year in India

According to a recent report in Lancet medical journal, more than half of all maternal deaths in 2008 were reported from just six countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In India, every year about 78,000 women die during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days after delivery. And 75 per cent of these deaths could have been prevented, say experts.

As per the latest official figures, the MMR stands at 254. That is the official figure. The ground reality is a lot grimmer.

Source:  The Week Magazine Sept 12,2010


Drug Addicts in India

“There are about 70 million drug users in the country,” goes the official line.  But that figure comes from the first and last national survey on drug abuse in India, carried out in 2000-01 and published in 2004. The most common drugs of abuse then were ganja, hashish, opium and heroin.

Source: India Today Magazine August 30 issue 2010.


Diabetes in India

India has the dubious distinction of being the diabetes capital of the world. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that the number of diabetic patients in India has more than doubled from 19 million in 1995 to over 41 million now. Up to 11 per cent of India’s urban population above the age of 15 has diabetes.

Source: India Today


Cancer Deaths in India

Cancer is the second biggest cause of death in India, growing at 11 per cent annually. There are 2.5 million cancer cases and four lakh deaths a  year in India. In 1991, six lakh new cancer cases were diagnosed; that figure has now risen to eight lakh. Smoking one to seven cigarettes daily doubles the cancer risk. One in five Indian men dies between age 30 and 69 due to tobacco-related cancers.

Source: India Today