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'One Mammography A Year Can Help Avoid Cancer’

Times of India
06 October 2010
Pune, India

Regular mammography and early screening would go a long way in preventing cancer. However, a majority of women come in the at the third and fourth stages, when the cancer is almost incurable, says medical oncologist Dr Shona Nag.

Insisting that once a year, every woman, above the age of 40 years, should get a mammography done, she says, "a single cancerous cell takes two years to grow into a lump measuring one centimetre. While a lump, if it is less than one centimetre in size, cannot be detected clinically, a mammography can detect subcentimetre lesions," she says.

Neurosurgeon Dr Charudatt Apte cites rapid urbanisation, fast lifestyle and lack of awareness about the disease as the reasons for the rising incidence of breast cancer in India. "The breast cancer cases in the country, especially the metros, are on the rise. One in 22 women is likely to suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime," he says.

Dr Nag, too, says the figures in India are not vastly different from western countries. In the West, one in four deaths is due to breast cancer, while in India it is one in two deaths. "Mammography is a simple procedure of an X–ray and is for those above 40 years of age. Those below the age of 40 should go for sonomammography, which is an ultrasound of the breast."

To create awareness about breast cancer, the Sahyadri Hospital has organised a month–long campaign that would include check–ups, screening, rally and lectures across its branches in Pune, Karad and Nerul.

The campaign will begin with the launch of a ‘Breast Care Clinic’ at the Sahyadri Speciality Hospital (SSH) in Karve Road area on October 14. The clinic will be run by an all–woman team of specialists – doctor, breast radiologist, breast surgeon, medical oncologist, psychologist, dietician and technicians.

Campaign Schedule
  • Free breast clinical check–up camp: Oct 23 – At Sahyadri Speciality Hospital, Karve Road and Sahyadri Hospital, Kothrud; 10 am–2 pm; Oct 26 at Sahyadri Munot Hospital, Swargate; 10 am–2 pm; Oct 30 & 31 – Sahyadri Hospital, Hadapsar; 10 am–2 pm
  • Oct 24 – Ladies walk rally; from SSH to Swapnashilp Hall on Apte Road; 7 am–9 am
  • Oct 24 – Public awareness talk at Swapnashilp hall; 9 am
  • Free mammography at SSH Karve Road throughout October. To register, volunteers can contact: 6721 3000 (ext.1018)

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