Monday, 22 April, 2019

India to set up National Cancer Institute

New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) India will set up a National Cancer Institute, with the union cabinet Thursday approving the proposal for the “landmark step” in the area of research in the disease which has emerged a major public health concern with 11 lakh new cases diagnosed every year. The 710-bed institute will come up up in the Jhajjar (Haryana) campus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). An official release said the decision to set up the NCI was “a landmark step in the arena of cancer research in the country” and will lessen the deficit of tertiary cancer care in the northern region. “Cancer is emerging as a major public health concern in India, where every year 11 lakh new cases are diagnosed, with a mortality rate of 5.5 lakh per year,” the release said.

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