- According to WHO, every year 1 million Indians are diagnosed with cancer. Currently the doctor –patient ratio for cancer treatment is at 1:2000. The Health Ministry aims to take it to 1:1000 by 2021.
- 27 Regional Cancer Centres (RCCs) providing comprehensive cancer care services had been set up under the National Cancer Control Programme (List of RCCs attached in the Annexure). However, with the goal mentioned above there is an urgent need to further increase the number of Cancer Centres in India.
- The 12th Plan has identified the need to strengthen tertiary care under National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will implement the scheme. Under the scheme, 20 State Cancer Institutes (SCI) in 20 States and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres across the country will be established.
- The broad aim is to provide universal access for comprehensive cancer care.