A 75-bedded hospital Eden Medical Centre (EMC) assigned with a special care for cancer treatment was formally opened in Dimapur for the first time on Saturday by P Longon, Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare.
According to Nagaland Health Department, the hilly state is one of the leading Cancer prevalent states in the country. With 90% of detected Cancer patients going out of the state to avail Cancer treatment health care facilities in far-off places and cities incurring huge medical expenses.
Between 2009 and 2014 alone, there were 3,338 cancer cases registered in Nagaland, with an average 600 new cases adding each year, Population-Based Cancer Registry (Nagaland) has reported it. Nagaland and Manipur has high rate of throat cancer largely due to smoked meat, salted fish consumption and also firewood burning at homes.
Dr. (Prof) GK Rath, Chief of Dr. BR Ambedkar Institute-Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi, who also attended the inaugural event, said cancer among the three top causes of death in the country and 60% of cancer cases are preventable while 80% curable if detected early.