The government has reported that 11.11 percent of the total deaths in Nepal are attributed to cancer. This information was disclosed during a press conference held at the Ministry of Health and Population on World Cancer Day.
As per the 2020 data from the population-based cancer registry, the ministry highlighted a 40 percent higher death rate related to cancer in Nepal. Lung cancer and cervical cancer were identified as the leading causes of these deaths.
Approximately 20,000 people receive a cancer diagnosis annually in Nepal. In 2020, 16,629 individuals lost their lives in Nepal due to cancer. Predominant cancers in the country include lung cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer.
When analyzing gender differences, men commonly experience lung cancer, stomach cancer, mouth and oral cancer, and other cancers. On the other hand, women are more frequently affected by cervical cancer and breast cancer.
Globally, cancer has become one of the primary causes of death, with statistics indicating that one in every six people succumbs to this disease. Notably, one-third of the contributing factors to cancer include tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity.