- Every year, cancer claims the lives of 8 million people worldwide, including 4 million people who die prematurely, between the ages of 30 and 70.
- This burden is particularly significant where access to proper treatment and care is limited.
- It is estimated that, by 2030, over two thirds of all cancer-related deaths will occur in developing countries. In India, over 7 lakh people get diagnosed with cancer.
“Presently, it is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Many cancers are preventable by controlling modifiable risk factors such as tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, amongst others. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured, by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially if they are detected early,” said Dr Satish Nair, Senior ENT consultant and surgeon at Apollo Hospital.
This initiative was undertaken to create awareness on early screening for the detection of cancer.
India has a high mortality rate for cancer patients. It’s a known fact that majority of cancer cases are detected at later stages and this is largely due to lack of awareness on early cancer screening.
Dr Shishir Shetty, Surgical Oncologist at Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai who was present at the event commented, “Early screening helps in early detection. Educating people about the disease is one part, but the most critical part is for women to go and actively get themselves screened for cancer. Early detection and early treatment leads to superior clinical outcomes and better quality of life. It is encouraging to see so many women who have come forward to participate in cancer awareness initiative by Apollo Hospital.”