According to the latest data issued by the National Cancer Registry Programme of the India Council of Medical Research, cancer has become the leading cause of death in India, with 1,300 deaths daily and close to 500,000 every year.
Doctors attribute the rise to the large number of ageing population, unhealthy lifestyles, use of tobacco, unhealthy diets and lack of diagnostic facilities.
One expert says too many people are faced with the diagnosis each year. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, accounting for 85 to 90 percent of all primary central nervous system tumours.
Even so, experts warn that the incidence of the killer disease is expected to rise five-fold by 2015. The WHO says the number is expected to rise to 700,000 by 2015.