Pattern and Trends of Cancer in Odisha, India: A Retrospective Study

  • Hussain, Mohammad Akhtar (Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India) ;
  • Pati, Sanghamitra (Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India) ;
  • Swain, Subhashisa (Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India) ;
  • Prusty, Minakshi (Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India) ;
  • Kadam, Sridhar (Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India) ;
  • Nayak, Sukdev (Regional Cancer Center)
  • Published : 2012.12.31


The burden of cancer is growing globally and is one of the top leading causes of death. Information on cancer patterns are essential for effective planning of cancer control interventions. There is limited published information available on pattern of cancer for the state of Odisha, India. The present study was an attempt to explore the pattern and trend of cancer in Odisha. To fulfill the objectives retrospective data available from 2001-2011 at Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Center (AHRCC), Cuttack, Odisha, were analyzed. Medical records of cancer patients were reviewed and relevant information on diagnosis, primary site and demographic data were retrieved. Data were entered and analyzed using SPSS 16.0 (SPSS Inc.). A total of 74,861 cancer inpatients were registered at AHRCC for the years 2001-2011. The proportion of females outnumbered males with female:male ratio 1.1:1. The number of female cases increased four folds and that of males three fold over the period studied. Malignancies such as oral cancer (16.93%), acute lymphocytic leukemia/non Hodgkins lymphoma (14.09%) and cancer of gastrointestinal tract (21.07%) are leading cancers among males and carcinomas of breast (28.94%), cervix (23.66%) and ovary (16.11%) were leading among females. Findings from this study indicate an overall increase in cancer reporting which could be regarded as proxy measure for overall cancer situation in Odisha. There is scope and need for integrating other government hospitals, existing private health service providers and research institutions across the state for better planning of cancer control program.


Malignancies;Odisha, India;breast cancer;oral cancer;cervical cancer;ALL/NHL


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