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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95-98

Environmental pollution and cancers in India


1 Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute; General Secretary, Cancer Research Foundation, Guwahati, Assam, India
2 General Secretary, Cancer Research Foundation; Department of Gynecological Oncology, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati and Chairman, Cancer Research Foundation, Guwahati, Assam, India

Correspondence Address:
Manigreeva Krishnatreya
Room 3, OPD Building, Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati - 781 016, Assam
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/AIHB.AIHB_51_20

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Environmental pollution poses a risk of cancer to the vulnerable population. With more and more industrialisation and migration of people to the cities, a large number of Indian people are at an increased risk of developing cancer. Pollution in many places and cities across the country are reaching hazardous levels. Thus, there is a need to review the rising cancer incidences, changing cancer trends and environmental pollution in the country. The issue of environmental pollution must be addressed sooner than later to mitigate the risk of cancer to India's vulnerable individuals. This brief review summarises the environmental pollution trends, most recent evidences of changing cancer burden and types in the country highlighting the underlying pollution trends in India, since economic liberalisation which began in early 1990s and its impact on cancer risk two and half decades later.


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