The findings of the door-to-door health campaign undertaken by the state health department of Punjab in December 2012 to diagnose cancer in its initial stage were reveled in the second week of January 2013. The report from the Health Department of Punjab revealed that more than 31000 people died in the state due to Cancer in past five years.
During the door-to-door campaign for identifying the deadly cancer during its initial stage, the health department was successful in identifying more than 80000 suspected patients of cancer. The identified patients would be re-examined to confirm the findings.
In the first phase of the exercise 47.69 lakh houses covering 2.48 crore population were checked. The state have a total of 54 lakh houses and a total population of 2.73 crore people. The remaining population would be examined for cancer in its next phase.