Cancer incidence trends in India

Jpn J Clin Oncol. 2014 May;44(5):401-7. doi: 10.1093/jjco/hyu040. Epub 2014 Apr 21.


During the last 20 years, India has emerged as a fast growing economy with changes in lifestyle-related behavior partially responsible for the increasing cancer burden. While cancer incidence rates are lower than many western countries some changes over recent decades have emerged. This paper examines the time trends in cancer-specific incidence from six population-based cancer registries in India and review articles published on cancer trends in the country. The results are examined in light of their implications to cancer prevention and cancer control.

Keywords: India; cancer; time trend.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • India / epidemiology
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control