Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 09 Jun 2018 54 per cent breast c ...

54 per cent breast cancer patients below 50

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 9, 2018, 4:57 am IST
Updated Jun 9, 2018, 4:57 am IST
The lack of preventive care is particularly alarming as India  has a low breast cancer survival rate.
It is surprising that breast check-ups in urban centres is so low. This shows that even the educated  shy away from going for it”, says Dr. Sudhakar of  HCG, Bengaluru.  (Photo: AFP)
 It is surprising that breast check-ups in urban centres is so low. This shows that even the educated  shy away from going for it”, says Dr. Sudhakar of  HCG, Bengaluru. (Photo: AFP)

Bengaluru: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Karnataka with an incidence  of about 28%, reveals  the National Cancer Registry Programme. Alarmingly, around  54% of women suffering from breast cancer in Bengaluru are below  50 years of age and a significant number even below 30, going by the report. 

But despite the availability of  mammograms, ultrasound scans and vacuum assisted breast biopsy (VABB) for diagnosis and treatment of the disease, government data reveals that only 7% of women in Bengaluru in the age group  15 to 49  have ever undergone a breast examination.

 

“It is surprising that breast check-ups in urban centres is so low. This shows that even the educated  shy away from going for it”, says Dr. Sudhakar of  HCG, Bengaluru.

The lack of preventive care is particularly alarming as India  has a low breast cancer survival rate. While in developed countries only 25 per cent of patients die due to breast cancer, in India only about 20 to 30% stage-I and II breast cancers are diagnosed in time with most patients visiting doctors in stages III or IV when the disease has already spread  and is difficult to cure.

 

Concerned by the trend, Dr. Sudhakar advises self examination. “The first major indication of breast cancer is the formation of lumps. So it is important that women  do self-examination of their breasts once every month,  moving their fingers around the entire breast area and checking for any lump, skin thickening or hardened knot. They can do visual inspection of the breasts too, looking out for changes in the contour, skin texture or nipples along with any kind of swelling, dimpling of the skin and puckering. A little pressure should also be applied to the breast to check for any discharge,” he explains.

 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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