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Ignorance of Early Symptoms Increase Cancer Deaths in India

by Julia Samuel on February 15, 2016 at 6:16 PM
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Ignorance of Early Symptoms Increase Cancer Deaths in India

Delayed diagnosis and treatment due to ignorance of early symptoms of cancer, until the problem has become less amenable to medication is the main problem in Indians.

Early indications of prostate cancer in men, for instance, such as reduction in urinal frequency, reduced stream of urination and urinary retention, are mostly ignored, they said in a statement here.

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"Each kind of cancer has its symptoms which, if ignored, can lead to worsening of the cancer to a stage where medication usually does not work," the doctors said.

Blood in stools, black colored sticky stools and blood in vomit indicate the development of colon or intestinal cancer, the doctors said.

"Similarly, scrotal swelling are one of the symptoms of testicular cancer, which is curable only in the initial stage," said Meghal Sanghavi, Consultant Oncology Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai.
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"Growth of ulcer in oral cavity, neck nodes or swelling, breathlessness indicate oral cancer. In all advanced stages the symptoms may be associated with weight loss and loss of appetite."

Early symptoms tend to be mistaken for minor infections but if the patients get the biopsy done then the diagnosis can be easily done, Sanghavi said.

Cancer is becoming an epidemic all over the world. All types of cancer are on an increase, with oral and prostrate cancer becoming more prominent in Indian men.

Sanghavi said that gall bladder cancer is most common in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Mizoram and Pondicherry has the highest incidence of oral and neck malignancy. Stomach cancer is more common in men in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while lung cancer is high in the men in Delhi and Maharashtra.

Agreed A.K. Dhar, the chairman of medical oncology at Nayati Healthcare in Gurgaon, who said Indian males mostly ignore the earlier symptoms and relate symptoms to environmental factors like cold or heat or some food factors. "Cancer is the last to strike them."

"Self medication is what aggravates the problem. Men in India go for some ointments which are applied locally on non healing ulcers for various types of cancerous wounds. For testicular swellings they usually apply langots (scrotal support)," Dhar said.

Source: Medindia
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