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Over 200 Women Get Breast Cancer Everymonth in Patna

Times of India
14 July 2011
Patna, India

More than 200 women in the city get affected by breast cancer every month. Spreading like an epidemic, this cancer has affected more than 20,000 women in the city in the last 10 years.

Breast Cancer Foundation-India, Bihar and Jharkhand chapter, on Thursday organized a breast cancer awareness programme under the aegis of Science and IT society of Magadh Mahila College.

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, speaking on the occasion said, "Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in India, next to cervical cancer. In urban areas, it is the most common cancer, leaving behind the cervical one." He added, "Seventy per cent of cancer is curable and the rest 30% is controllable, if detected at an early stage."

"One in every 22 women in the country has a chance of developing breast cancer," said Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh, director, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, on the occasion. "If conditions keep on deteriorating, then by the year 2030, the cases of breast cancer would increase by 2.5 times.

"There are two methods for early detection of breast cancer–self–examination that could be done on the sixth day of the menses and Mammography (x–ray of the breast) done at regular intervals, say every two years. The cost of doing this is Rs 500," Manisha Singh, senior doctor at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, told TOI. "After the age of 30, a woman should regularly examine herself and after 35, regular Mammography is a must," she said.

Chances of developing breast cancer decreases by avoiding the regular intake of contraceptive pills (for more than 10 years), smoking and drinking. Some of the reasons for developing of breast cancer are late pregnancy, shorter duration of breast–feeding and irregular lifestyle.

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