Health alert: Cancer rate doubles in India, especially among women

Breast cancer and cervical cancer are ranked as the most frequent cancer in women in India. Out of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman will dies due from it

 

Health alert: Cancer rate doubles in India, especially among women

According to statistics by Cancer India, breast cancer and cervical cancer are ranked as the most frequent cancer in women in India.

In India, it has been observed out of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman dies of it. India has an estimated population of approximately 2.25 million living with the cancer.

Every year, new cancer patients registered Over 11,57,294 lakh and reports of cancer-related deaths is 7,84,821.

The higher incidence of cervix cancer is attributed to multiple sex partners, early age of sexual contact, viral infection, and Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Other factors include unhygienic sexual practices, ignorance about the proper cleaning method of the female genitals, lack of proper toilets, inadequate bathing facilities.

Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle along with unhealthy food consumption, obesity, stress, and smoking, has also contributed to the rising incidence of breast cancer.

Dr Ramakant Deshpande, Medical Oncologist, Asian Cancer Institute, said, “Curative treatment can be offered in early stages of cancer cervix with the help of either surgery, radiation, or combination of these. In late stages chemotherapy, maybe required along with surgery or radiotherapy. Most of the hospitals are equipped to treat effectively these cancers without impacting the quality of life.”

Dr Meghal Sanghavi, Surgical Oncologist Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central, said, “Incidence is increasing because cancer is picking up at an early age and awareness is also high among youngsters, celebrities and socialites. But also, treatment options are increasing surgically better compared to before.”

Dr Meghal Sanghavi, stated, “Due to early stage detection one can conserve breast. A doctor can only decide breast conservation is safe or not for their patient. Breast conservation surgery is equally safe as mastectomy or complete removal of breast, also a lot of eligible patients can avoid chemotherapy with the availability of test called oncotype Dx which decides if chemotherapy will benefit them or not. We have observed 70-75% patients conserve breast in breast cancer treatment.”

“Newer chemotherapy drugs with proper counselling and good nutrition have much lesser side effects compared to before. Newer radiation modalities now only target the diseased area avoiding side effects to the surrounding normal organs,” informed Dr Sanghavi.

She concluded saying, “With the availability of new drugs and targeted therapies available even the stage 4 patients live a better quality of life. With subtle lifestyle changes it’s for everyone to note that breast cancer patients can now live a dignified and active lifestyle that they lived before.”

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