HYDERABAD: “Cancer is a disease that does not spare people of any age or nation,” former director of NIMS Kakarla Subba Rao said while speaking at a conference on ‘Recent Advances in Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy’ organised by OMICS, publisher of online open-access journals, here on Monday.
“There can be several reasons for cancer but the three major factors are genetic disorder, lifestyle and environmental issues,” he said.
OMICS chief executive officer Srinubabu Gedela said cancer was not just a disease but a collection of diseases. “Cancer accounts for 8 per cent of the total deaths in the country and India alone accounts for 85 per cent of the total oral cancer cases in the world,” he said. “India ranks first in cervical cancer deaths. Around 1.35 lakh cases of cervical cancer are being diagnosed every year and 75,000 deaths are occurring,” he said.