There were 1,62,468 cases of breast cancer in the country last year and in the current situation due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, women are not able to get their health screening done. As a result, non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and other problems like cancer are becoming a burden on people’s health.
Breast cancer has been the leading cause of death among women in developed and developing countries around the world. More than 1.5 lakh cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year in India. According to an estimate, by 2026, around 2.3 lakh women in India will suffer from breast cancer, which is equivalent to western countries.
Dr. Ramesh Sarin, a cancer specialist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, said that before the Kovid-19 epidemic, around 400 women visited the hospital every month for screening and at least 200 women for post-operative followup. But since the lockdown, this number has fallen by 7%.
The number of second and third stage cancer patients has increased rapidly in the month of August-September, it is clear that during the last 6 months, the first stage of cancer has reached life-threatening third stage due to neglect of treatment in these patients. ‘
Dr. Sarin said, “The risk of breast cancer increases with aging. Breast cancer in Indian women occurs 10 years earlier than in Western women because genetic and lifestyle factors are the main reasons for this in Indian women.
In India, about 12 per cent of women with cancer are between the ages of 30–4 years and in 50 per cent of the cases women are between 40–5 years of age. In contrast, at the age of 30–40, only 7% of breast cancer cases have been found.
He said that after the age of 40, women are advised to get mammography every year. However, a separate schedule may be advised based on family history and personal history. High-quality ultrasound with mammograms should also be performed in women who have dense breast tissue.
Early diagnosis of breast cancer increases the chances of treatment manifold. In case of late diagnosis, the patient has to be given palliative care. “Breast cancer can not only be defeated but can also be avoided.
Dr. Sarin said that adopting a healthy lifestyle, limited consumption of alcohol, non-consumption of tobacco and regular exercise can prevent breast cancer. Stress has a bad effect on health.
Guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer have changed. Cancer can be prevented from growing by drugs or chemotherapy or both. Seek medical advice if there are any changes in the breasts. Do not postpone your diagnosis, screening due to Kovid-19, as delay in diagnosis and treatment can prove fatal. ‘ It is worth noting that October is celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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