National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020

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  • August 20, 2020
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National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – Health 

In News:

  • The National Cancer Registry Programme Report 2020 was recently released.
  • Released by: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), Bengaluru.

Key takeaways 

  • Number of Cases: Cancer cases in India are likely to increase by 12% to 15.6 lakhs by 2025.
  • Major Cause: Tobacco-related cancers  (27.1% of the total cancer burden) 
  • Regional Distribution: Highest in the northeastern region and in higher proportions in men.
  • Gender Prevalence:
    • Most common cancers among women: breast cancers (14.8%) and cervical cancer (5.4%). 
    • Most common cancers among men: Lung, mouth, stomach and oesophagus cancers 
  • A significant increase in the incidence rates of breast cancers in women and lung, head and neck cancers in both men and women was observed.
  • A declining trend was seen in most of the cervical cancer.

Important value additions 


  • A type of disease characterized by the growth of abnormal cells beyond their usual boundaries 
  • It is one of the leading causes of death globally.
  • World Cancer Day celebrated each year on 4th February.
  • 2020 theme: ‘I Am and I Will’.

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