PET-CT facility at SKIMS operational; Detects cancerous tissues, cells

Bali Bhagat

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government Monday while informing the legislative Assembly that the establishment of Medical University is under active consideration, revealed that there was a sharp rise in cancer cases in the state, particularly in Kashmir region.

According to our correspondent, replying to a question of legislator Mubark Gul, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat said that the government is actively working on the establishment of Medical University and the proposal in this regard is under consideration.

In response to a query of an MLA that if there is an alarming increase in cancer disease in valley, the government has said that the cancer cases are on rise in Jammu and Kashmir especially in Kashmir valley.

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Giving year-wise details, the minister has said that number of cancer patients treated in 2011 was 3075, in 2012 the number of patients increased to 3288, in 2013 it was 3157, in 2014 the number of patients again increased to 3940, in 2015 the number of cancer patients was 4275, in 2016 the number of cancer patients increased to 4976 and in 2017 the numbers was 3521.

Expressing concern over the number of patients increasing after every year, he said that tobacco, poor personal hygiene, unsanitary living conditions, low immunity, consumption of adulterated food, fruits and vegetables laden with pesticides, environmental pollution are the major risk factor for cancers.

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The minister also said that a high-end Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan machine worth Rs. 23 crore has been made operational in SKIMS Soura on January 7 this year for the convenience of cancer patients, adding that PET-Scan is a machine that is used to detect cancerous tissues and cells in body.

It is to mention here that Union Government has sanctioned Rs 120 crore for establishment of two State Level Cancer Institutes, one each in Jammu and Srinagar, besides sanctioned Rs. 45 crore for establishment of 3 District Level Cancer Centres at Kishtwar, Udhampur and Kupwara Districts. (KNS)

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