Cancer risk is constantly on the rise with the number of cancer cases in India is estimated to be 13.9 lakh this year and may increase to 15.7 lakh by 2025, with its prevalence being marginally higher among women, according to some reports. India’s economic development has given rise to vast socio-economic changes, with an increasing risk of non-communicable diseases, including cancer, and significant disparities in access to cancer prevention and control service.
Worldwide, an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases and almost 10.0 million cancer deaths occurred in 2020. Female breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer, with an estimated 2.3 million new cases followed by lung colorectal, prostate, and stomach cancers. Lung cancer remained the leading cause of cancer death, with an estimated 1.8 million deaths, followed by colorectal, liver, stomach, and female breast cancers. Overall incidence was from 2-fold to 3-fold higher in transitioned versus transitioning countries for both sexes, whereas mortality varied more than 2-fold for men and little for women. The global cancer burden is expected to be 28.4 million cases in 2040, a 47% rise from 2020, with a larger increase in transitioning (64% to 95%) versus transitioned (32% to 56%) countries due to demographic changes, although this may be further exacerbated by increasing risk factors associated with globalization and a growing economy. Efforts to build a sustainable infrastructure for the dissemination of cancer prevention measures and provision of cancer care in transitioning countries is critical for global cancer control. Moreover, COVID19 pandemic created unrest among cancer patients and challenges to Oncologists to copping up with stress and difficulties in treatment.
Lakhs of people in India suffer from cancer of the lung, oral, breast, stomach, cervix, liver, prostate, and blood cancer. Other cancers that tend to occur are of the skin, bladder, and esophagus, and the cancer mortality is high in India. Genetic factors, hormonal imbalances, unhealthy lifestyles, and poor immune systems, environmental factors, delayed diagnosis and the lack of medical facilities can invite various types of cancers. This happens owing to the lack of awareness regarding this deadly disease. It is the need of the hour to educate people about the treatment, symptoms, detection and prevention, inform about regular screening and check-ups, include the ill-effects of cancer in the syllabus for children, conduct drives, campaign and initiatives and dispel myths regarding cancer.
India’s Fight Against Cancer- Time for a Paradigm Shift
Cancer has rapidly emerged as one of the deadliest diseases in India. According to the cancer registry, India adds nearly 800,000 new cases of cancer each year to a burden which is expected to be at least 2.4 million active cancer cases at any given time. India also happens to be one of the very few countries in the developing world that has a strategic National Cancer Control Programme in place. Distinguished Government representatives and dignitaries from global cancer organizations along with key players in Cancer prevention care would highlight the current realities and vision to fight cancer in India.
Role of Timely Diagnosis and Consequences of Delayed Health Services
The potential of increased vulnerability to adverse outcomes from delayed health services such as screening treatments and drug availability are significant. Understanding the existing infrastructure and its potential challenges would ensure patients receive the best healthcare outcomes. Dealing with challenges and advancing effective diagnosis can prevent severe cancer situations. The panel will highlight the importance of early diagnosis and multi-fold effect of delayed healthcare access.
Universal Health Coverage : Funding Sources for Cancer Care
Cancer care remains a costly venture starting from the diagnosis,treatment, medication, and post-surgery therapy and care. A significant costing factor is oral treatment. Inclusion of oral treatment under healthcare insurance is imperative, itrequires a focus on 3 key dimensions: Access to health services, financial risk protection and Quality of services. This session will discuss the implication of UHC and benefits of National Digital Health Mission in meeting the cost demand and possibilities of funding of cancer care in India.
Accelerating Equitable Access by forging Cross-Sectoral Partnerships & Collaboration
Cancer care treatment implies not just establishment of infrastructure in place, but also forging a multi-level cancer care structure, where in various stakeholders converge and converse to arrive at efficient healthcare results. With cancer being a multi-dimensional concern causing harm from physical to mental and social isolation, cancer care also needs to acquire a comprehensive care control strategy even post treatment care, and palliative care requires much needed infrastructure with advance technology. The session would highlight the grave need of cross-sectoral partnerships and lasting benefits of strategic collaboration to build sustainable cancer care ecosystem.
Special Session/Fireside Chat:
Global Movement for Women Cancer
• Focus on Cancers affecting Women
• Strategies to address and prevent Cervical and Breast Cancer
• Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Effective Treatment
• Critical demand of Good Food, Nutrition and lifestyle among women
Reimagining Cancer Care with a RAPID Approach
The continuum of cancer care has multiple facets such as screening, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, research, financing and equitable access amongst others. For a successful end-to-end care, an intersectional convergence of all these facets is imperative. With a rampant surge of epidemiological disease patterns and related growth of various cancers, many of which are treatable and preventable, a RAPID-multistakeholder approach is the need of the hour. In this panel, key experts would discuss their thoughts on a “RAPID-multistakeholder approach” aimed towards reimagining cancer care.
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Cancer E-Summit 2022
India Fights Cancer
After the successful second edition in 2021, Integrated Health & Wellbeing Council is taking its global cancer advocacy alliance forward through this mega Third Edition of Cancer E-Summit 2022, Friday, 4th February 2022. The mega interactive awareness platform will observe the World Cancer Day and witness Ministries, Government bodies, Health Department & Institutes, Hospitals, Experts, Technology, Equipment, Services & Solutions providers directly & indirectly involved in Cancer Risk, Diagnosis, Survival, Treatment & Medication and post Cancer therapies.