Kerala to appoint panel to study high cancer rate

Monday, Jun 29, 2015,20:46 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | As the tiny state of Kerala reports nearly 50,000 new cancer cases every year, the state Government has decided to appoint an expert committee to study the prevalence of cancer.
State Health Minister V S Sivakumar pointed out there were more than 150,000 cancer patients in state. The expert committee would study the reason for the high rate of cancer in the state.
As per the available data, genetic problems, lifestyle problems, pollution and pesticide were found to be the reason for the high prevalence of cancer.
With the city-based Regional Cancer Centre becaming an institute, facilities for cancer research would be strengthened, he added.