CANCER INCIDENCE IN A TERTIARY CARE CENTRE IN ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS: A 10 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE STUDY

Dr.Wajid Ali Shah, Dr. Rehnuma Pervez, Dr. Preeti Sharma, Dr. Lal Pranay Singh

Abstract


Background: Andaman and Nicobar islands are group of islands situated in Bay of Bengal. Health care delivery system is
controlled by health sevices with 473bedded hospital. Previous efforts to report estimates of cancer incidence and
mortality in India and its different parts include the National Cancer Registry Programme Reports, Sample Registration System cause of death
findings, Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Series, and GLOBOCAN. Data were retrospectively reviewed over a period of ten years from
January 2003 to January 2013. Of the 6,254 cases received in the department, histopathologically proven cases of carcinoma were included in this
study. Clinical details including detailed history were obtained from the medical records. Among these, most frequently involved site of
malignancy was cervix (134 cases) followed buccal mucosa (92 cases), breast (30 cases) and 24 patients of thyroid malignancy. Collaborative
multi-institutional research efforts on cancer risk factors can help address such knowledge gaps, as well as lead to a better understanding of the
reasons for the substantial decreases or increases in the incidence of different types of cancers in different parts of India. Cancer incidence helps
the public health professionals to understand the dynamics of cancer incidence for the formulation of future strategies.


Keywords


Cancer registry, Histopathology, Andaman & Nicobar, Awareness.

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