New Delhi: The government today said there is a gradual rise in the prevalence of cancer in India even as it has taken several steps for prevention of the deadly disease. In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that according to "Three Year Report on Population Based Cancer Registries 2006-08" of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the estimated number of cancer patients for 2015 and 2020 are 11.61 lakh and 12.64 lakh respectively. He said information regarding occurrence of cancer for individual states is not centrally maintained and that the government has taken several steps for prevention and early detection of cancer in India.
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