Ganga a source of cancer for Bihar, UP and West Bengal: Study
Patna,(BiharTimes): A study conducted by the National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) under the Indian Council of Medical Research, has said that Ganga has got reduced to a poisonous river and is full of killer pollutants. It said that those living along its banks in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Bengal are more prone to cancer than anywhere else in the country.
According to the report the worst-hit stretches are east Uttar Pradesh, the flood plains of Bihar and West Bengal. Cancer of the gallbladder, kidneys, food pipe, prostate, liver, kidneys, urinary bladder and skin are common in these parts. These cases are far more common and frequently found here than elsewhere in the country.
Gallbladder cancer cases along the river course are the second highest in the world and prostate cancer highest in the country.
Reports said that of every 10,000 people surveyed, 450 men and 1,000 women were gallbladder cancer patients. Vaishali in Bihar and rural Patna, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and the extensive tract between Murshidabad and South 24-Parganas in West Bengal are the hot zones. In these parts, of every one lakh people surveyed, 20-25 were cancer patients. This is a national high. Relentless discharge of pollutants into the riverbed is responsible.