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The grim cancer scenario in India…

Over 5 lakh persons die of cancer in India every year and among them a sizable portion are senior citizens. In India, cancers of lung, throat, mouth, neck, lungs, stomach and prostate afflict men, whereas women are prone to breast, cervical and ovarian cancers. In addition, colorectal cancer and cancers of head, brain, pancreas, skin, intestine and blood are also making their presence felt.

Seniors are especially at a disadvantage when stricken by cancer on account of lack of support systems, high cost of medicines and surgery, reluctance of insurers to offer health insurance to elderly etc.

Go in for cancer screening every year…

If detected at an initial stage, cancer treatment is more effective and less costly. If treatment begins at an advanced stage, costs are very high and survival chances are also low. The sad fact is that in India 70% of cancers are detected at advanced stages. We urge that every person and especially the elderly should go in for annual cancer check-ups. Organisations like Indian Cancer Society carry-out annual cancer screening free of cost. For women, mammogram and pap-smear test are a must.

Some of the warning signs of cancer onset are (a) Change in bowel or bladder habits (b) A sore that does not heal (c) Unusual bleeding or discharge (d) Thickening or lump on breast or elsewhere. (e) Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing (f) Obvious change in wart or mole and (g) Nagging cough or hoarseness.

New techniques to detect cancers at an early stage...

Treatment is most effective if cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. A few techniques being researched to detect cancer at an early stage are outlined below:

It has been found that in case of colon, lung, breast, stomach and womb cancers the DNA of tumours undergoes chemical modification called 'methylation'. In future this methylation signature may be possible to be detected through a simple blood test, which will enable these 5 types of cancers to be treated at an early stage itself, thereby raising survival rates dramatically.

A new technique, devised by CBS (Kalina, Mumbai) and TIFR (Colaba, Mumbai), detects cancer without taking tissue samples from the body. Light from a focused laser beam is used to trap a live cell and bring it close to another cell. Two healthy cells take only 5 seconds to bond, whereas tumourous cells take much longer time to stick to each other i.e. 20 to 25 seconds. However, this technique is still at nascent stage.

A test being developed by Swansea University Medical School (UK) detects mutations in proteins on the surface of red blood cells. In healthy persons, the number of mutations of this type average about five per million, but in cancer partients there can be 50 to 100 mutations per million.

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Ahmedabad Bangalore Chennai Delhi Hyderabad Kolkata Mumbai

Apollo Cancer Institutes

National helpine: 1860-500-1066, Ahmedabad: 079-6673 6673
Bangalore 080-2630 4115 / 4118, Chennai: 044-2433 4455
Delhi: 011-2987 1090 / 1091, Hyderabad: 040-2360 7777, 2360 8050
Kolkata: 033-2320 3040 / 2122, Mumbai: 022-3350 3350

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Ahmedabad      Bangalore      Chennai      Mumbai      And Other Cities

HCG (HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd)

HCG's network consists of over 20 hospitals. HCG's wholly owned subsidiary Triesta Sciences conducts world-class cancer diagnosis at these hospitals.

080-3366 9999

Address and Phone Nos of Hospitals

All India

iBreastExam (iBE)

This innovative device, which avoids mammography, conducts bilateral breast exam within 5 minutes (with results at the point-of-care). The accuracy to detect clinically relevant breast lesions higher than 85%. Usable by any health-worker or doctor. No pain and no radiation.

102-A Universal Paradise, Nanda Patkar Marg, Vile Parle (E), Mumbai 400057


All India

OncoStem Diagnostics

Over 90% of breast cancer patients in India go in for chemotherapy to avoid recurrence. CANassist test helps determine the risk of recurrence prediction in breast cancer. If the test finds that there is no risk of recurrence, them chemotherapy would not be required.

#4, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Aanand Tower, 2nd floor, South Wing, Bangalore 560025.

096866 96505, 080-2224 0034


Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology

Full-fledged facilities for cancer screening available. The intention of screening is to identify disease at an early stage, thereby enabling earlier intervention and management.

Dr. M.H Marigowda Road, Bangalore 560029

080-2609 4000


AMRI-Asian Cancer Institute

AMRI City Centre, Plot No. 206,2 Floor, Bidyuta Marg, Near Kalinga Stadium Square, Shastri Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751001

090780 04004



Adyar Cancer Institute

This premier cancer institute conducts cancer screening camps and Pap smear tests at the district level and in various parts of Chennai, in co-ordination with NGOs.

East Canal Bank Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai 600020

044-2491 0754, 2491 1526, 2235 0241


Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre

This premier cancer institute offers consultation, diagnostic tests and advice on cancers.

Sector 5, Rohini, New Delhi 110085

011-4702 2222


Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute

A-4, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi 110063

011-4288 8888, 4566 6666


American Oncology Institute

Operated by Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI), American Oncology Institute is the only cancer hospital in India managed by American medical experts. They have centres in Vijayawada and Guntur in addition to the 2 centres in Hyderabad.

Citizens Hospital, Nallagandla, Seri-lingampally, Hyderabad 500019
Rd # 2, Beside Renault Car Showroom, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034

Nallagandla: 040-6719 9999, Banjara Hills: 040-6719 9797


Kamineni Hospitals

Coinciding with International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, every year they conduct 1-week free breast cancer screening with mammography and free doctor consultation.

040-6600 2200, 2402 2222

Contact details of hospitals in Hyderabad, Nagonda Dist & Vijayawada.


Neel Genetic Services Pvt Ltd

They test blood using Circulating Tumour Cell (CTC) technology to detect blood. CTCs are cancer cells which have originated from solid tumor dispersed in the peripheral blood.

NSL Icon, 3rd Floor, Road Number 12, Plot No. 1-4, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034

078932 11234, 077020 84807


Cochin Cancer Society

They have mobile unit to detect breast cancer. The Volvo bus has mammogram unit, scanning machine, testing centre and changing room.

3rd Floor, Chakos Chambers, Civil Lines Road, Palarivattom Bypass Junction, Kochi 682025

0484-234 9136, 085928 59274, 098470 35861


Asian Cancer Institute

Off Eastern Express Highway, Behind Everard Nagar, Somaiya Ayurvihar, Sion (East), Mumbai 400022
10, Sanghvi Solitaite, Junction of MG Road & Carter Road, Borivali (E), Mumbai 400066

Sion: 022-6791 6791. Borivali: 022-2881 2222

Mumbai Bangalore Kolkata Lucknow Nagpur Delhi Patna

Indian Cancer Society

If you are located at one of the above cities, do enroll yourself with ICS and avail free cancer screening every year.

Mumbai Centre's address: (For centres in other cities, pl click on link below):
M D Thackersey Cancer Detection Centre, Opp Villa Theresa School, Pedder Road, Mumbai 400036 (Phone 022-2351 3028)

ICS Centres in Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Delhi, Patna


Advanced Cancer Treatment Wing, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital

Aditya Birla Marg, Chinchwad, Pune 411033

020-4070 7777, 3071 7777

Various Cities

National Cancer Grid (NCG)

NCG, set up by Government of India, links 62 cancer centres located an various states of India. By accessing the link below, addresses of these centres can be noted.

List of Cancer Centres


Aindra Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Have invented a device for fast on-field detection of cervical cancer. Cells collected by Pap-smear are spread on a glass slide, a chemical reagent is applied and result is examined with a digital microscope. A connected computer classifies the sample as normal or abnormal.

#24, 19th Cross, 24th Main, JP Nagar 5th Phase, Bangalore 560078

081974 91122, 098457 54008


Cancertrack by Datar Genetics Ltd

This is a non-invasive blood test that detects cancer cells and cancer cell fragments with precision.

F8, D-Road, Ambad, Nashik 422010

18001210700, Whatsapp: 075077 78182

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Global Cancer Concern India (GCCI)

GCCI conducts regular detection / screening camps at various places across the country. They also conduct awareness camps to eradicate the ignorance and misconception about cancer among the general public.

C-659, Sushan Lok Phase – 1, Gurgaon

011-256 4473 / 74 / 75

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