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Breast Cancer Can Strike Early Too

Times of India
22 October 2010
Bangalore, India

Young Women Must Take CareYoung Women Must Take Care
It may be hard to digest, but more and more young women are becoming vulnerable to breast cancer. To drive this point home, HealthCare Global Enterprises (HCG) organized a special meet by doctors during the ‘Pink October Month 2010’ and pledged to raise awareness.

The trend shows an increase in incidence of breast cancer among younger women, in India. However, many such cases are detected very late as the general perception is that women in the younger age bracket may not be affected. Also, it is becoming evident that tumours in young subset are more aggressive, triple negative, with high risk of metastasis, and in some cases bilaterality is seen.

According to the head of Centre of Breast Health and Genetic Counselling Clinic HCG, Dr Niti Raizada Narang, incidence of breast cancer in Bangalore is 25.5 among every 100,000 women. Further, in all cases, the age–adjusted and agestandardized rates have gone up. Breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer, which used to have the highest incidence. Also, it’s increasingly being seen among women between 30 and 40 years.

"Lifestyle changes like a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining weight and BMI can prevent occurrence of the disorder. Hormone replacement therapy or prolonged use of certain medications can also cause it. Women with family history should get genetic tests done so that we can plan preventive strategies," she said.

Chairman, HCG, Dr B S Ajaikumar said: "Since breast cancer is seen more as a lifestyle disorder, we wish to educate young women on precautions to be taken. We plan to tie up with like–minded organizations in urban centres and spread the message."

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