- In Maharashtra, a large number of women suffer from cervical cancer. Due to the unaffordable treatment, women ignore it. The patient loses life due to the lack of timely treatment. Owing to which, since last 15 years, the doctors from the Cama and Albless Hospital are going to the rural areas and organising medical camps.
- So far, the camps have been organised in Jalgaon, Marathwada, Nandurbar, Beed, Osmanabad, Solapur and Latur.
- In the last two years, more than 80,000 women have been subjected to medical check-up through these camps. Screening is also done to detect the type of cancer.
India and cervical cancer:
- Cervical cancer is the commonest cancer cause of death among women in India. It is the second most common cancer in women aged 15 to 44 years.
- An estimated 122,844 new cases and 67,477 deaths due to cervical cancer occurred in India in 2014, contributing 26 per cent and 27 per cent to the global cervical cancer incidence and mortality respectively.
- The peak age of incidence of cervical cancer is 55 to 59 years, and a considerable proportion of women report in the late stages of disease.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Rajshree Katke, medical superintendent of The Cama and Albless Hospital said, “To create awareness reading cervical cancer, we organise medical camps in the rural areas. And conduct medical check-ups for women. Those 20-25 women who were diagnosed with cancer underwent the surgery free of cost and their Gestational sac has been removed.”