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Few Cancer Statistics of India to be aware of on World Cancer Day

February 3, 2023

Best Hospitals in India - Shalby Hospitals

Shalby Team



No matter where you look, be it social media, advertisements, news channels, etc.; You might have noticed how aggressively the Cancer Awareness drive has caught momentum, and all for good reasons.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Center of Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) at Bangalore have reported a significant rise in cancer cases in India.

There have also been speculations made about a rise in India's cancer cases by 12% in the next five years, according to the studies.

It has been estimated that there would be an increase in Cancer cases from 13.9 Lakhs in 2020 to 15.7 Lakhs in 2025.

On that note, let’s have a look at the statistics to have a better idea about India’s struggle with Cancer:

Indian citizens with Cancer:

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), around 27 Lakh people had Cancer in 2020 with an increase of 13.9 lakhs per year.

The most common types of cancer affecting the demography would shed more light on the types of cancer to be on the lookout for. It differs in accordance to age, gender and lifestyles:

Ratio of Risks from developing cancer within the age group 75 years:

Total: 1:9

Male: 1:68

Female: 1:29

The top common five cancers in men and women cover 47.2% of all types of cancers;

For Men they are Oral Cavity, Lung, Stomach, Colorectal, Oesophagus; the severity of each in accordance to the mentioned respective order.

For Women they are Breast, Cervix Uteri, Ovary, Oral Cavity, Colorectal; the severity of each in accordance to the mentioned respective order.

The following shows the overall top common cancers affecting India:

Breast cancer

13.5 %

Lip, Oral Cavity

10.3 %

Cervix uteri






Other cancers


These statistics could be the guidelines for our approach towards cancer and the measures that are required to identify the symptoms at earlier stages. Symptoms may be hereditary, result of poor lifestyle choices like alcohol, consumption of tobacco, unhealthy food habits, poor mental and physical health, genetic mutations, etc. The only way to be sure is consultation. Consult Our Oncology Care Experts at a Shalby Multi-Speciality Hospital near you today to be ahead of cancer and immediate treatment.

On a lighter note, cancer can be prevented by a few simple lifestyle changes, like reducing or for better results completely quitting consumption of tobacco, management of weight, healthy balanced diet, cutting back on alcohol, daily exercise, frequent mammogram and PAP tests, use of sunscreen to avoid harmful UV rays, taking vaccines like HPV and Hepatitis B to minimize the risks of few cancers.


Shalby Team

Shalby Hospitals (Shalby Limited) is recognised as a multispecialty hospital chain in the Indian healthcare industry. Dr Vikram I. Shah established the first hospital in 1994 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Dr. Shah has been felicitated by Ethicon India for the development…


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