Bhopal gas tragedy: cancer rates treble
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Mumbai: It was undoubtedly the world's worst industrial disaster but 26 years on, the skeletons of the past still haunt the population. The Indian Council of Medical Research has carried out more than 18 studies on the health impact of Methyl IsoCyanide (MIC) gas, which people in Bhopal were exposed to.
The latest, a 19-year long, as yet unpublished, study on Cancer Patterns has some startling findings.
According to a study conducted from 1989 -2008, incidents of cancer in areas affected by Methyl Isocyanide (MIC) increased by 72 per cent during this period.
Cancer rates for women in MIC-affected sites shot up by 115 per cent, compared to 82 per cent increase among women in areas not affected by the leak.
Cancer in all sites -- MIC-affected as well as those unaffected -- increased in men by 3.4 times and in women by 2.5 times.