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Largest study on Cancer begins in India


PTI | London, October 25, 2011 16:17
Tags : cancer causes | oxford university | UK | INDOX | cancer research network |

The largest ever study to investigate causes of common cancers in India is being carried out through a collaboration between Oxford University in the UK and 12 leading cancer centres in India.
This study, on a scale not seen in India before, will be large enough to investigate whether certain factors common in some Indian lifestyles are important in influencing the risk of cancer, the university said on Tuesday.
Cancer incidence in India is expected to increase by more than two thirds over the next two decades to approximately 1.7 million new cases per year.
The INDOX Cancer Research Network, a partnership between the University of Oxford and 12 of India's top comprehensive cancer centres, will conduct a large study, involving as many as 30,000 people in total at 12 centres across India.
Dr Raghib Ali, director of the INDOX Cancer Research Network, says: "This is the biggest study to date of risk factors associated with cancer in India. Cancer is increasing in India. Although it is increasing from a low level – because of India's size – if it reaches levels seen in the West, many millions of people will be affected".
He added: "If we can understand the causes of cancer in India better, we can hope to take steps to change some of these factors and prevent an epidemic of cancer."
The study will investigate lifestyle, diet and genetic factors associated with the most common cancers in India – breast, bowel, lymphoma, lung, stomach, gallbladder, oesophageal, cervical, and head and neck cancers.
Two of these studies – in breast and bowel cancer – have already begun and are expected to be complete in two years time. The researchers will recruit a total of 10,000 people newly diagnosed with these two cancers, and a further 10,000 people as healthy controls.

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