Thiruvananthapuram: State government figures have revealed that the number of cancer patients is on the rise in Kerala. Minister for health K K Shailaja used data from the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) and Malabar Cancer Centre (MCC) as she passed on the information to the state assembly.
The number of cancer patients registering at RCC soared from 12,066 in 2008 to 16,174 in 2017, an increase of 4,108 patients in nine years. MCC had 830 registrations in 2001, but it shot up to 4,587 by 2017. That marks an increase of 3,757 within 16 years.
The MCC received 381 cancer-affected people in January 2018 alone. The number of patients who visited for follow-up care was 5,999.
At the same time, the number of patients at RCC came down by 227 in 2017 as compared to the previous year.