World Lung Cancer Day 2016 highlights the risk factors to be aware of and the necessity to be aware of to detect Lung Cancer at the early stages. Smoking is the single most important cause of Lung Cancer; other risk factors include environment and genetics. Environmental exposure to radon, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium and uranium have all been linked to lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer also increases with a history of cancer in another part of the body, age, radiation to the chest area and lung diseases like COPD.
In India, lung cancer constitutes 6.9 per cent of all new cancer cases and 9.3 per cent of all cancer related deaths in both sexes, it is the commonest cancer and cause of cancer related mortality in men, with the highest reported incidences from Mizoram in both males and females (Age adjusted rate 28.3 and 28.7 per 100,000 population in males and females, respectively). The time trends of lung cancer show a significant rise in Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru in both sexes.
“Lung cancer in the earlier days was considered to be uncommon, but now it has reached epidemic proportions. This is a leading cause of cancer death in developed countries and is rising at alarming rates in lower and middle income countries. Fortis is committed to deliver apt, affordable and accessible and multidisciplinary care and support to every individual who comes to our hospital for Lung Cancer treatment or screening or for evaluation. As part of this ongoing effort we have launched the Lung Cancer Awareness and Anti-Cancer Clinic today,” said Mr. Samir Singh, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd. (East).
“The face of, lung cancer is changing. It is the story from nihilism to HOPE and opportunity. This is because the mindsets are changing. The change of mindset has come from technologies and good science. This has given us better understanding of the diseases, game changing treatment which has lead to precision medicine for lung cancer which has made treatment personalised, predictive participatory (from patients end and multidisciplinary), and preventive. The treatment has become more holistic. It is basically a journey for and from – lung cancer illness to lung wellness,” said Dr. Gouri Shankar Bhattacharya, Consultant Medical Oncology, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur and Committee Member of International Association for Study of Lung Cancer and Member of the Global Cancer Policy Committee (WHO).
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