Rising incidences of gallbladder cancer in the state worry doctors

Bihar accounts for almost half of all gallbladder cancer cases in the region . The number of patients coming to him with gallstones has increased by at least 30% to 40% .

Patna: The most common health problem in Bihar is gallstone disease or the formation of stones in the gallbladder.The number of gallbladder cancer cases in the state is on the rise, which is concerning.Its food habits are attributed to two main factors: consumption of adulterated edible oil and geographical location, according to the state's chief surgeon, Dr A Hai.The entire Indo-Gangetic plain is plagued by issues related to the gallbladder.

Mustard oil is the best edible oil, but it is the adulterated edible oil that causes cancer, said Dr Hai, adding that medical students who were doing a research on this issue discovered that mustard oil was first made pale yellow and then supplemented with another chemical to make it pungent.This was being done in the city, he said.Apart from adulterated oil, Dr Manish Mandal, the head of gastrointestinal (GI) surgery at IGIMS, said that life style and genetic factors are also responsible for this.At least 50 cases of gallbladder cancer are diagnosed at IGIMS each month.

The number of women who have gallstone disease is higher than the average woman, and there are greater chances of having this disease.According to him, Bihar accounts for almost half of all gallbladder cancer cases in the region.The prevalence of such cases in the state is also attributed to the presence of nitrite in the Ganga and Kosi rivers, according to Dr Vijay Mittal, the head of GI and general surgery at Big Apollo.The number of patients coming to him with gallstones has increased by at least 30% to 40%, he said, because an ultrasound unit has been developed and people have become more comfortable.

However, he said that with the use of laparoscopic surgery, the chances of cancer have decreased dramatically, because people do not hesitate to have surgery.