The population of SAARC Countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) form one quarter of the world’s population. The cancer incidence is roughly 10 % of the world’s cases. Yet, the burden of cancer deaths compared to the incidence is close to 70% and compares poorly to the 60% for the world, as patients in SAARC countries present in advanced stages of the disease where the prognosis is poor. There are roughly 1800 Oncologists in the SAARC countries, with ~80 dedicated cancer centers and 400 other multi-specialty or general hospitals. More than 80% of the total Oncologists practice in India. There are about 1.5MM cases of cancer diagnosed every year in the SAARC countries (1)
(1) South Asian J Cancer. 2012 Jul-Sep; 1(1): 1–4. A fresh look at oncology facts on south central Asia and SAARC countries.