Cancer in Punjab

Guest blogged by Ajj Kaim

The fact that heavy use of pesticides in farming has left lot of farmers affected with Cancer in Punjab has been well documented. In fact almost a year ago, The Langar Hall had highlighted this sad state of affair in Punjab.

I came across a heartwarming documentary about the situation faced by the farmers called “Cancer in Punjab” by Amarpreet Mann. (See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 below). It is tragic to see the plight of the farmers who have become unemployed or daily laborers because they have spent all their savings in getting treated for the disease.

As luck would have it Chief minister’s wife, Surinder Kaur Badal, is in the U.S. these days getting treated for Cancer in NY whereas a common man is at the mercy of God.

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114 Responses to “Cancer in Punjab”

  1. Harinder says:

    FEROZEPUR: A high-level team of medical experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Delhi that visited cancer belt in the Malwa region to study reasons behind epidemic spread of cancer in state and cancer control programme, revealed that data supplied to ICMR by Punjab health department regarding the incidence of cancer in Punjab is much less than its national average.

    The official data have shown that there are 10 to 40 for every one lakh people, who have been found suffering from carcinogenic diseases in the state against the national average of 90 to 100 persons per lakh.

    The 11-member team led by Dr GK Rath, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation and Oncology, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, said that the data provided by Punjab health department failed to provide the exact data regarding the cancer patients in state and had created confusion among them.

    He further said that Punjab government was claiming that cancer has become rampant in Punjab, where agriculture is intensive and fertiliser and pesticides are used excessively, whereas the data made available to us reflects that Punjab is in a much better state in the country as far as the incidence of cancer is concerned.

    http://punjabnewsline.com/content/punjab-shows-in

    I TOLD U SO.

    Agriculture is a sure protection against cancer

  2. Harinder says:

    FEROZEPUR: A high-level team of medical experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Delhi that visited cancer belt in the Malwa region to study reasons behind epidemic spread of cancer in state and cancer control programme, revealed that data supplied to ICMR by Punjab health department regarding the incidence of cancer in Punjab is much less than its national average.

    The official data have shown that there are 10 to 40 for every one lakh people, who have been found suffering from carcinogenic diseases in the state against the national average of 90 to 100 persons per lakh.

    The 11-member team led by Dr GK Rath, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation and Oncology, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, said that the data provided by Punjab health department failed to provide the exact data regarding the cancer patients in state and had created confusion among them.

    He further said that Punjab government was claiming that cancer has become rampant in Punjab, where agriculture is intensive and fertiliser and pesticides are used excessively, whereas the data made available to us reflects that Punjab is in a much better state in the country as far as the incidence of cancer is concerned.

    http://punjabnewsline.com/content/punjab-shows-in

    I TOLD U SO.

    Agriculture is a sure protection against cancer