(131213) -- PUNJAB, Dec. 12, 2013 (Xinhua) -- A Punjabi woman Karamjeet Kour suffering from cancer stands outside her home in a village near Bathinda in India's north state of Punjab, Dec. 12, 2013. The number of cancer patients has grown manifold in the recent years in the Malwa area of District of Bathinda in Punjab, India. At present, hundreds of people suffer from cancer in the area. Local people feel excessive use of pesticides has contaminated the ground water. The pollutants are also found in the vegetables grown in the area, according to the local news report.

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(131213) -- PUNJAB, Dec. 12, 2013 (Xinhua) -- A Punjabi woman Karamjeet Kour suffering from cancer stands outside her home in a village near Bathinda in India's north state of Punjab, Dec. 12, 2013. The number of cancer patients has grown manifold in the recent years in the Malwa area of District of Bathinda in Punjab, India. At present, hundreds of people suffer from cancer in the area. Local people feel excessive use of pesticides has contaminated the ground water. The pollutants are also found in the vegetables grown in the area, according to the local news report.
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(131213) -- PUNJAB, Dec. 13, 2013 (Xinhua) -- A Punjabi woman Karamjeet Kour suffering from cancer stands outside her home in a village near Bathinda in India's north state of Punjab, Dec. 12, 2013. The number of cancer patients has grown manifold in the recent years in the Malwa area of District of Bathinda in Punjab, India. At present, hundreds of people suffer from cancer in the area. Local people feel excessive use of pesticides has contaminated the ground water. The pollutants are also found in the vegetables grown in the area, according to the local news report. Every day, a train, locally called the cancer train, carries the patients for treatments to the Rajasthan Government-owned cancer hospital of the medical college at Bikaner. (Xinhua/Javed Dar)(lmz)

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