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Beating Cancer

How far are we from a cure for the most feared disease of our time? Here's what top doctors have to say on the eve of World Cancer Day 2019. Plus, a look at some new research.

Is cancer still a death sentence?


Most cancers are preventable and also treatable. Cancer diagnosis and treatment have grown by leaps and bounds. We know the cause of at least 70 per cent of cancers now, around 60 per cent of cancers are now preventable and 80 per cent of all stage 1 and 2 cancers are completely treatable. I have over two lakh cancer patients who are now doing well. It is unfortunate that the largely preventable disease comes in for clinical treatment at the third or the fourth stage, when the survival rate is only 20 per cent. Half of all cancer patients now survive

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