The Cytecare Information Hub initiative for early detection of Cancer


Cytecare, a comprehensive organ-based cancer hospital network with the flagship centre in Bengaluru, today, announced its intention to set up an Information Hub in Kolkata.

The state of West Bengal is overburdened with Cancer cases, leading to critical loss of time in seeking appointment dates, evaluation of alternatives and medical travel to other parts of the country without a clear plan of action. The Cytecare Information Hub would provide the patients and their families’ clarity and a clear plan of action to tackle the disease, thereby helping them make the best possible decision in the least possible time.

Kolkata has the unfortunate distinction of being the smoking capital of India. With over 49% of the residents using some form of tobacco on a regular basis, Kolkata comfortably outstrips the national average of 43%. In fact, the average smoker in Kolkata smokes over 8-10 cigarettes a day, almost double that of second placed Mumbai. On a global scale, Tobacco use is responsible for over 6 million deaths per year across the world.

Smoking tobacco causes exposure to a lethal mixture of more than 7000 toxic chemicals, including at least 70 known carcinogens. Tobacco use is primarily known to cause Head and Neck Cancer, which can affect the lips, tongue, mouth, larynx (voice box), pharynx, salivary glands, sinuses. Tobacco use may also lead to cancer in the lung, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. People who use smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) have increased risks of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas.

Other risks from smoking include ischemic heart disease, hypertension, obstructive lung diseases etc. On average, a regular life-long smoker loses over a decade of life to tobacco.

Speaking on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, Dr. Vikram Kekatpure, Senior Consultant, Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, Cytecare Cancer Hospital, said, “Tobacco related diseases are of the most common preventable lifestyle related conditions. Smoking or chewing tobacco causes oral cancer which is one of most common cancers in India. Oral can be detected early and easily by simple oral screening in high risk individuals. For cure, immediate and appropriate treatment is the key ”.