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Breast cancer is common among urban Indian women: Shilpa
Kochi | Thursday, Apr 28 2016 IST

Pointing out that breast cancer was A common cancer amongst urban Indian women currently, Shilpa Lad, a leading specialised radiologist in Breast Imaging and Interventions has disclosed that as per the Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) breast cancer accounts for 25 per cent to 32 per cent of all female cancers in urban Indian cities, which pointed out that one fourth (or even approaching one thirds) of all female cancer cases were breast cancer.

The concerning fact for the Indian population was that for every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman was dying of it, she told media last night.

Since more patients in India present at later stages, they do not survive long, irrespective of the best treatment they may get, and hence the mortality was fairly high, when compared with well developed countries like US, where according to her the number of patients were higher than in India.

Lack of awareness of breast cancer and screening for disease were significant contributory factors for the relatively late stage of the disease presentation in India, Dr Shilpa pointed out.

Stressing the need for breast health awareness among women, she said the women should be aware of the common presenting symptoms of breast cancer such as painless palpable lump in the breast for underarm nipple inversion spontaneous bloody or clear nipple discharge, change in size of breast or skin dimpling.

Typically, there was no pain associated with breast cancer and, therefore, women often do not realize the above mentioned symptoms until it was too late, she reasoned.

Suggesting that if an woman experiences any of such symptoms, she should immediately consult her physician and undergo a diagnostic mammogram, which was a specialised X-ray of the breast.

Pathology diagnosis or tissue diagnosis plays a crucial role in diagnosis and management of breast cancer. There are several types of breast biopsy techniques such as Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB), Trucut or Core Needle Biopsy (CNB) and Vacuum Assisted Biopsy (VAB). The selection of the biopsy technique depends on availability of resources and the characteristics of the breast lesion.

"These are exciting times with the state of art technologies being available for diagnosis and management of breast cancer patients in India. The earlier we start applying these technologies in clinical practice the better outcome is what we will see in the long run. One cannot underestimate the value of timely and accurate diagnosis for women with breast cancer. Early diagnosis is the only way to complete cure resulting in decreased morbidity and mortality. At the end of the day, if you save a woman, you save the entire family,'' Dr Shilpa added.UNI CGV KVV AK 2035

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