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India to have 2 lakh breast cancer cases by 2030

With an increasing number of younger women becoming susceptible to the disease, India faces a growing Breast cancer epidemic. A new global study estimates that by 2030, the number of new cases of Breast cancer in India will increase from the current 115,000 to around 200,000 per year.

The study conducted by GE Healthcare called for immediate action against the alarming number of Breast cancer cases in India. According to a recently published data, 15 million years of ‘healthy life’ were lost worldwide in 2008 due to women dying early or being ill with the disease.

According to Globocan data (International Agency for Research on Cancer), India is on top of the table with 1.85 million years of healthy life lost due to Breast cancer. ‘Healthy life lost’ is defined by years lost due to premature death and being incapacitated by the effects of Breast cancer.

The study confirmed conclusions from earlier research: that Breast cancer is now the second most common cancer diagnosed in Indian women after cervical cancer. Studies have also shown that Indian women develop breast cancer roughly a decade earlier than women in western countries. Poor survival may be largely explained by lack of or limited access to early detection services and treatment.

Talking on the need for early detection of cancer, Terri Bresenham, president and CEO, GE Healthcare, South Asia, said, "Breast cancer is one of the deadliest diseases a woman has to battle and, in India, the number of Breast cancer cases have increased by 10–15% over the last decade. Stage one detection increases chances of survival to 80% as compared to stage three detection where the chances are a mere 20%. The need of the hour lies in creating awareness on early detection of cancer."

B’lore is India’s Breast cancer capital Bangalore

This should set alarm bells ringing in the IT city. Bangalore is now the Breast cancer capital of the country. According to Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) report 2013, the city tops the chart with 36.6 new cases for every one lakh population having the disease. And doctors say it has much to do with lifestyle. The registry, compiled from 11 major cities across India, shows Pune recording the least number of Breast cancer cases (23.3 of every lakh) followed by Kollam with 25.8 cases. Thiruvananthapuram has the second highest incidence with 35.1 cases per lakh and Chennai follows with 32.6 cases.

B’lore is India’s breast cancer capital

According to Dr K S Gopinath, senior consultant, surgical oncologist, HCG, Bangalore, the rapid rate of urbanization is to be blamed for rising Breast cancer cases in the city. "While the normal age of contracting Breast cancer was anywhere between 45 and 55 years a decade ago, it has plunged to 35–45. We see girls as young as 18 years with Breast cancer."

Experts also blame it on the easy availability of contraceptive pills. "Since all contraceptive pills are hormonal pills, they should be taken under the guidance of a doctor," says Dr Jayanthi Thumsi, senior consultant, breast oncosurgeon, BGS Global Hospital. "But women in a metropolitan city like Bangalore simply pop these pills."

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Breast cancer can also strike men

Bangalore: A couple of years ago, Ramesh R (name changed) noticed a small lump on his chest. The 56–year–old working professional from Bangalore ignored the lump initially since it was small and painless. But it soon became bigger, harder and a little painful. "The doctor suspected tuberculosis but suggested a detailed check–up. After examination, I was told I’ve Breast cancer," says Ramesh. "The problem is the myth that Breast cancer cannot affect men," says Dr Anthony Pais, head of oncoplastic breast surgery unit, at a Bangalore hospital. "So although they notice the lump in early stages, they walk in for treatment only when it has advanced. This makes treatment difficult."

Times of India
16 October 2013, New Delhi, India.
by :- Himanshi Dhawan.

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