Kasargod / Dakshina Kannada News:
Tobacco use is said to be the cause of high incidence of lung cancers in north Kerala districts of Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod, according to a recent study.
As much as 36 per cent of overall patients across these districts had the habit of smoking,the study by Malabar Cancer Centre (MCC), a tertiary cancer centre in Kannur, stated.
Patients from Kasargod were the most prone to smoking at 40 per cent; followed by Kannur at 34 per cent and Kozhikode at 33 per cent.
The extent of smoking among Kerala adults, as per the latest benchmark figures of Global Adult Tobacco Survey of Union Health Ministry, is 13.4 per cent.
Lung and breast cancer rank high among various cancers across the three study districts.
The distribution of lung and breast cancers in Kannur is 15 per cent.