Vajinder Kumar, a Chemist at Akal University, reports that ‘Malwa is known as the cancer belt of Punjab’. Many residents also suffer from other conditions linked to water contaminated with excess fluoride and arsenic. Fluorosis is characterised by dental and crippling bone problems, while arsenicosis or arsenic poisoning is characterised by cancers and skin lesions, as well as heart disorders and diabetes. ‘Malwa region needs special and serious attention’, says Kumar.
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