Cancer in USA and India : Turmeric Effect?

Here is an interesting stat table comparing cancer incidences in India and USA. There numbers are per million people.

As you can see the incidences of cancer in USA are very high, especially breast, lung, colon and prostate. USA had 690 cases per million while in Indian it is just 20!

While there may be lot many factors in play here but researchers believe extensive use of turmeric is also one of them.

Cancer comparison US and India

Source: Turmeric, The genus curcuma

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  1. Unfortunately, the table is from 2007. Today, in 2016 and as of the last year’s statistics India now leads in cancer across the board. This is not to deflect from turmeric, but demonstrates, at least in my mind, the importance of using therapeutic doses of turmeric for serious illnesses and not assume that the normal amount for culinary use is sufficient. As I understand it, Indians use between 1/2 to 1 tsp of turmeric daily (depending on region and if urban or countryside).

    I am a huge fan of turmeric, but the book Turmeric, The genus curcuma’s statistics on cancer deaths is no longer relevant today.