Cervical cancer is the top most killer in Indian women, affecting them in the age group of 35 to 64 years. Despite being preventable, cervical cancer continues to be the second most common cancer in women, said Dr Rajeev Bedi, Director of Medical Oncology at Fortis Cancer Institute Mohali while interacting with media here today.
Dr Bedi said that as per the Cancer registries (official data maintained about cancer patients) over 70 percent of cancers in women occur in the age-group of 35-64. Despite cancer knocking early on doors, around 70 percent women seek diagnosis and treatment at an advanced stage of the disease, resulting in poor survival rate and high mortality.
Dr Bedi revealed that women have become more prone to cancer, with the male-female ratio in India changing from 49-51 to 39-61 in the last 10 years. He added that with this paradigm shift, better diagnostic techniques are needed to detect cancer at early stages as well as create awareness among women to give priority to their own health too, besides looking after their families.
Dr Bedi said that emphasis on early diagnosis and proper treatment of cancer patients, coupled with strategies for prevention of the deadly disease can help combat cancer. Lack of hygiene, unhealthy lifestyle, environmental pollutants, repeated pregnancies and early marriages are the primary reasons for cancer in women. He added that the disease is now a global scare causing mortality worldwide. The number of people suffering from cancer is expected to increase from 14 million in 2012 to 22 million within the next two decades.
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