Can rice cure cancer? Scientists jointly working on a project of Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidylaya (IGKV),  Raipur and  Bhabha Atomic Research Centre  (BARC), Mumbai have found three traditional types or varieties of rice which can help cure breast and lung cancer.

These 3 kinds of rice namely ‘Lycha’, ‘Gauthan’ and ‘Maharaji’  the three traditional rice varieties grown mainly in Chhattisgarh tribal areas. However, their preliminary findings, have been strongly disputed by the medical fraternity and activists who are working relentlessly in creating cancer awareness.

Out of these three, ‘Lycha’ cultivated in and around Dhamtari, Kondagaon, and Kanker districts of Chhattisgarh and it has been consumed to cure skin diseases.  Whereas ‘Gauthan’ and ‘Maharaji’ varieties are grown around Mahasamund and Dhamtari and locals say that these, too, have qualities to cure diseases.

According to National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country recorded an estimated 3.9 million cases of cancer in 2016.

The ICMR has predicted that India is likely to have over 1.73 million new cases of cancer and over 880,000 deaths due to the disease by 2020 with breast, lung and cervix cancers topping the list.