Kashmir Has More Cancer Cases Than Jammu, Ladakh

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley has recorded the highest number of cancer cases compared to Jammu and Ladakh Union Territory in the last over two years with officials at SKIMS saying that 92 per cent of cancer cases registered with them belong to Kashmir division only.

The official figures reveal that in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh UTs, at least 11,281 cancer cases were registered at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) from January 2018 to July 2020.

Official figures available with the news agency KNO revealed that out of total 11,281 cancer cases, 10,447 cases were registered from Kashmir division only.

However, from Jammu division, only 708 such cases were registered in SKIMS and 126 cases were registered from Leh and Kargil areas of Ladakh Union Territory.

This information was revealed by the Public Information Officer (PIO) of SKIMS in a reply to the Right to Information (RTI) application filed by the rights activist M M Shuja.

The PIO in a reply said that the most number of cancer cases registered at SKIMS were from district Srinagar with 2601 cases.

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The documents reveal that from Kashmir division, Anantnag district recorded a total of 1488 cases followed by Baramulla district with 1422 cases, Budgam with 1032, Pulwama with  1007, Kupwara with 728, Kulgam with 672, Ganderbal with 532, Bandipora with 49 and Shopian district also recorded a total of 472 cases.

Similarly from the Jammu division that recorded a total 708 cases in SKIMS includes 165 cases from Doda district, Ramban 165 cases, Poonch 118, Rajouri 101, Kishtwar 93, Jammu 26, Resai 20, Udhampur 10 and five each cases from Kathua and Samba districts.

Likewise, Kargil and Leh districts of the Ladakh UT recorded a total of 126 cases of cancer patients in SKIMS Soura.

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