A number of indicators both anecdotal and otherwise have suspected that Punjab has widespread cancer.
However in a first of its type of survey covering 26.5 million persons (almost the entire state population of the State) has confirmed this perception. Results of this survey have identified almost 24000 persons affected by cancer in a survey conducted. In addition to this, over 33000 deaths have occurred in Punjab due to cancer (18 persons dying on a daily basis for last five years). Further there are almost 85000 cases where persons have been identified with cancer like symptoms but the disease is yet to be confirmed.
A survey was earlier done in 2009,which identified 7738 cases affected by cancer compared to 23,874 in 2012. This increase is not necessarily an increase in three year period, but more due to more extensive survey undertaken in 2012.
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