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Early cancer detection can prolong life

Thursday, July 12, 2018
By Prachi Sonawane

Cancer of oral cavity and lungs in males and breast in females account for over 50 per cent of all cancer deaths in India

Screening is one of the most important cancer fighting tools. In high-risk population, periodically getting screened for cancer symptoms is highly recommended.
Hence, SRV Mamata hospital, Dombivili has started an initiative 'Screen for Health' wherein they are conducting mammography for breast cancer screening through mobile screening van in housing societies, factories and industries.

They are also doing oral cancer consultation on site and cervical cancer screening at the hospital. It’s a step ahead towards making our community healthier by screening for cancer.

Different types of cancer have got different treatment options and the prognosis depends upon their stages (T-Tumour, N-Lymph node, M-Metastasis (TNM) staging).

Stage IV is the advanced stage of cancer, which normally spreads to distant organs from the site of origin (Metastasis). Thus, it is of paramount importance that cancer should be detected early. It can add years to your life as treatment outcomes are better when cancer is detected early.

India recorded about 3.9 million cancer cases in 2016. According to National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR), one woman dies of cervical cancer every eight minutes in India. For every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman dies of it.

As many as 2,500 persons die every day due to tobacco related diseases in India. Cancer of oral cavity and lungs in males and breast in female account for over 50 per cent of all cancer deaths in India.

Dr. Jaishree Bankira Oncologist at SRV Mamata Hospital said, “ICMR estimates more than 17.3 lakh new cancer cases and more than 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by 2020.”

“Among women, breast and cervical cancer tops the list because of lack of awareness and late detection. Oral cancer is the leading cancer in men. The rate of early detection of cancer in India is poor and many deaths occur due to delay in detection. Hence the initiative 'Screen for Health' is to bridge the healthcare gap and spread awareness by organising such screening at your door step.” he added.

Dr  Anil Heroor, Onco Surgeon at SRV Mamata Hospital, said, “The news of Sonali Bendre being diagnosed with the disease only points to one fact, the importance of timely diagnosis and action. In high-grade cancers, the cancer cells look very different from normal cells. High-grade cancers often tend to grow quickly and have a worse outlook so they may need different treatments than low-grade cancers. Whereas in low-grade (well-differentiated) cancers, the cancer cells look a lot like cells from normal tissue. In general, these cancers tend to grow slowly.”

“It is believed that having a simple, balanced lifestyle and proper diet can help stop cancer from growing in the body.”he mentioned.

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