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14,000 to be Screened for Cervical Cancer

With an aim of screening as many as 14,000 women for cervical cancer by November this year, city–based gynaecologist Dr Sanjay Gupte has been instrumental in setting up a national cervical cancer registry. Nearly 100 doctors from Jammu and Kashmir, Madurai, Chennai, Guwahati and other places have been given specially–designed modules to screen the patients.

Gupte, the president–elect of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), said cervical cancer accounts for around 75,000 deaths in India every year. More than one lakh new cases are detected every year, he said.

How do we detect cancer at an early stage? There are multiple factors like family history, use of tobacco and other factors that need to be studied. Hence doctors in Pune came together and drafted a module that will include a new test to screen women. Each doctor will send in inputs from whichever part of the country he/she is and then Gupte and his team of IT professionals will collate the data, assess it and understand the prevalence of the disease.

“So doctors from Jammu & Kashmir, Madurai, Chennai and other places will screen women for cervical cancer and send information about the patients to the registry at Pune,” says Gupte.

“Interventions at an early stage will always prevent the disease,” says Gupte, who had also launched a national registry to create awareness about the health condition among pregnant women known as eclampsia.

This is a condition where there is an abnormal rise of blood pressure during pregnancy, which can lead to convulsions and may result in the death of the expecting woman.

Express India
2 April 2009
Pune, India

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