Cancer is a global health emergency and India has the second highest incidence of the disease in the world after China, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said the cancer treatment system in India is so poor that a tooth implant can be done without anesthesia and there are only four specialists to perform it.
The IFRRC said India has only one dentist and a total of seven specialists to treat and supervise patients.
The Indian Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the country has more than 2.4 million cancer patients and the average life expectancy is 63.7 years.
The country’s cancer death rate is higher than that of the United States and Canada.
India’s cancer rate is nearly three times higher than the US, the IFRCC said.
India has also the second-highest rate of cancer deaths in the country behind Bangladesh.
India has only a single surgical center to treat all patients with cancer, which it uses to treat patients who have cancer but have not yet made a complete recovery.
Indian hospitals do not have the capacity to handle cancer patients, the report said.