|LETTERS TO EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 154-155
Authors' reply to Ventrapati
Rohan Thomas Mathew, Rohan Shetty, Manavalan Vijayakumar
Department of Surgical Oncology, Yenepoya Medical College Hospital, Deralakatte, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||08-Feb-2021|
|Date of Decision||24-Feb-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||02-Mar-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||26-Mar-2021|
Rohan Thomas Mathew
Department of Surgical Oncology, Yenepoya Medical College Hospital, Derlakatte, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mathew RT, Shetty R, Vijayakumar M. Authors' reply to Ventrapati. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:154-5
We are thankful to Dr. Ventrapati for his comments on our article titled, “Incidence and pattern of distribution of cancer in India: A secondary data analysis from six population-based cancer registries.” We agree with Dr. Ventrapati about the need to designate cancer as a notifiable disease. Although it has already been designated as a notifiable disease in a few Indian states and union territories, including Karnataka, West Bengal, and Punjab, it is still widely underreported. In 2017, the Government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) announced that it will not classify cancer as a notifiable disease as the National Cancer Registry program run by the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) generates enough data for formulating cancer-related policies. Therefore, to improve the reporting of the actual cancer incidence and prevalence in our country, the central government must urge the individual states to designate cancer as a notifiable disease. The solution that Dr. Ventrapati proposes is to establish more cancer registries, particularly in the rural areas. The MOHFW through the NCDIR should establish and support hospital- or population-based cancer registries along with the medical institutions in the country as they have good infrastructure to identify and report cancer cases., However, having too many cancer registries can be counterproductive if the same case is registered multiple times when the patient moves from one center to another. Therefore, a central database with unique identification for all the patients with cancer will help not only in maintaining a registry, but also in maintaining the continuum of care.
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