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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2102

TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.12.2008

Rise in Cervical Cancer Death Cases in India

2102.

SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

 

B.J. PANDA

 

MABEL REBELLO

Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-

(a)        whether it s a fact that there is an upward rise in cervical cancer in India and vaccine for this ailment is yet to be developed;

(b)        if so, the details thereof;

(c)        whether it is also a fact that this disease very much prevails among women folk and 8 out of 10 diseased women die every hour in India and as per WHO estimates, 74, 000 women die annually in India from this disease; and

(d)        if so, what is the action plan of Government to address this concern?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE
(DR. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS)

(a) to (d): Based on the mortality data collected by Population Based Cancer Registry functioning under the Indian Council of Medical Research there is no evidence of rise in cervical cancer deaths in India. The data shows the number of women dying every year due to cervical cancer are estimated to be around 23,930.

Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) infection is a risk factor in development of cervical cancer. Vaccines against HPV have been developed and are available in various countries including India.

The Central Government has evolved a comprehensive Cancer Control Strategy i.e. National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) where special emphasis has been laid on awareness, prevention, early detection and treatment. The Central Govt. is also supplementing the efforts of the State Governments by providing financial assistance for setting up of Radiotherapy Units in Govt. Medical Colleges/Hospitals for providing treatment facilities.