Team to investigate rising cancer cases

District Collector S. Suhas has constituted a team to look into the increasing number of cancer cases in the district.

Officials said here on Tuesday that the team headed by District Medical Officer (DMO) Vasantha Das would submit its report in a month. The team will collect details of cancer patients in the district, types of cancer and its causes .

Further, the district administration will take necessary steps to tackle the spread of disease based on the report submitted by the team, the officials said.

The issue was brought to the notice of authorities by representative of Mavelikara MP Kodikunnil Suresh during a meeting of the district development council here last week. The representative of the MP informed the meeting that the number of cancer patients was increasing in the district, especially in Kuttanad.

As per the data available with the Health Department, 317 persons had died in Kuttanad in the last two years due to cancer.

Another 789 persons are undergoing treatment for the disease.

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