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Incidence Of Cervical Cancer Is 12 In 1L In City

Times of India
04 February 2012
Pune India

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in India. According to Population-Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) data, the projected age adjusted (15–44 years) incidence of the disease is at 12.4% in Pune — 12 in every one lakh women are affected by it.

“Cervical cancer has the highest incidence rate among female cancer patients in India,” says cancer surgeon Shailesh Puntambekar. “The first and second stage of cervical cancer is completely operable and treatable. Patients are operated through keyhole surgery and the results are the same as open surgery. This kind of operation is less painful and less time is spent in hospital. Patients can return to their normal life quite soon.”

Incidence Of Cervical Cancer Is 12 In 1L In City

“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in India and the country accounts for 79% of cervical cancer cases in the world,” said cancer surgeon Rakesh Neve. The disease can, however, be prevented through HPV vaccines and regular pap-smear tests, he said.

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) has emerged as the principal sexually transmitted causal agent in the development of cervical cancer. Early marriage, use of oral contraceptives, consumption of tobacco, smoking, immunosuppression, infection through other sexually transmitted diseases and poor nutrition have been associated with the development of cervical cancer.

The fourth edition of Bombay Times Lavasa Women’s Drive (LWD) to be flagged off from Mumbai and Pune on February 26 aims to create awareness about cervical cancer. The LWD is instrumental in spreading awareness about cancer in women.

What is cervical cancer?

It is cancer of the mouth of the uterus or cervix. It is the most common cancer in India and all sexually active women are at a risk of contracting this disease.

The cause

Human papillomavirus infection is the main and necessary virus for this cancer. It is a sexually transmitted virus passed through genital contact.


Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse, bleeding between periods, postmenstrual bleeding and discharge from the vagina.

Preventive measures

Delaying sexual intercourse, limiting one's sexual partners, using barrier protection like condoms. Annual screening after 30 years of age is a must.

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