Practo receives an average of 2,5000 cancer-related queries every month
The most discussed topics on cancer are breast cancer, oral cancer, prostate cancer and blood cancer
Cancer cases in India have doubled in recent years. According to reports, India’s cancer incidence was estimated at 1.15 million new patients in 2018 and is predicted to almost double by 2040. Karnataka is in the top five states in India, when it comes to reporting new cancer cases every year. The state has seen a 470% increase in cancer cases during the year 2017-2018. For everyone lakh men and women, there are 113.4 and 139.1 cancer cases diagnosed respectively. This average is greater than that of New Delhi and Mumbai.
Practo insights corroborate this fact where the increase in the number of online consultations and appointment bookings with Oncologists in Bengaluru is almost double that of Delhi NCR and Mumbai. The appointment bookings for Oncologists in Bengaluru grew by 44% in the last year while Mumbai and Delhi NCR saw an increase of 23% and 19% respectively. Additionally, there has been a 95% increase in the number of people searching about cancer on Practo as compared to last year. Our insights indicate that there’s an increased awareness among people regarding cancer and the need for timely medical assistance from a qualified specialist.
Oral cancer emerged as one of the most discussed cancer-related topics last year, according to the latest Practo Insights report. Oral cancer is a major public health problem in India where it ranks among the top three types of cancers in the country. It accounts for over 30% of all cancers reported in the country. India has one third of oral cancer cases in the world. The types of queries that came in with respect to oral cancer were on smoking and tobacco chewing.
• Online consultations on Practo witnessed a 44% increase in queries related to cancer
• 70% of all cancer-related consults came from men
• Most of the queries came from people aged between 21-40
• Appointment bookings for oncologists grew by 108% in the last one year
• Practo receives an average of 25000 cancer related queries every month
• The most discussed topics on cancer are breast cancer, oral cancer, prostate cancer and blood cancer
o Bengaluru, Mumbai, Lucknow, Indore, Chennai and Kolkata are the cities where search for Oral cancer is higher than the others
o The type of queries that came in for oral cancer were ‘Can smoking cause oral cancer’, ‘Can ulcers in the mouth cause oral cancer’, ‘early signs and symptoms of oral cancer’, and ‘Does tobacco chewing cause oral cancer’
• The top cities W.R.T online queries and in-clinic consultations are Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai (in that order)
o In Bengaluru, oral cancer was the most-searched cancer related topics while breast cancer, food pipe cancer, lung cancer and blood cancer topped the search results for cancer queries in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai respectively