Breast Cancer In India Rising Rapidly

by Medindia Content Team on  January 22, 2006 at 4:16 PM Indian Health News
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Breast Cancer In India Rising Rapidly
The incidence of breast cancer in India is on the rise and is rapidly becoming the number one cancer in females pushing the cervical cancer to the second spot. The seriousness of the situation is apparent after going through recent data from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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The rise is being documented mainly in the metros, but it can be safely said that many cases in rural areas go unnoticed. It is reported that one in 22 women in India is likely to suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime, while the figure is definitely more in America with one in eight being a victim of this deadly cancer. The problem with preventing breast cancer is that there is no one cause that can be pinpointed as being the culprit. Of course screening for the presence of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations is available though it must be admitted of being of little use in the Indian context. It is here that the task of spreading the awareness of the prevalence of this cancer and advising women on undertaking self-breast examination comes into the picture. Health officials must try and talk about this condition so that women have a say in their own health. Finally, there are procedures like mammography and Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) and biopsy that need to be widely publicized so that women are aware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for.

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Please let me know the epidemiology of breast cancer and the trend of the disease in India.

In the USA the breast cancer rates have climed with a corresposnding decrease in breast feeding rates and breastfeeding has been shown to decrease risk. Has there been a decrease in breastfeeding in India recently?


can i know what is the prevalence of breast cancer in India? pls pls pls help me, pls reply me on my email


what is the statistics of breast cancer incidences diagnosed and death reported due to breast cancer in India 2009-2010. and how it differs from over last decade. as per figures? Kindly reply me on my mail id:


All the viewers of this website note. I am a clinical psychologist with enormours interest about what we put in our mouth. I am based in Canada. I do varacious reading about the recent findings on cancer and its risk factors. Time and again, it has come to light that diet plays a more significant role in development of many types of cancers. The diet high in saturated fat and low in fruits and vegetables influence the developement of various cancers. whereas, the diet high in fiber and complex carbohydrates but low in sugar and salt tend to protect from many cancers. The "NURTRITION TRANSISTION" presently taking place in India, China and other developing countries is the major cause in the increase number of cancers. Doctors and epidemiologists shirk their reponsibilities by saying that aging population is to blame but they do not understand that diet and life style are the major factors in rapid rise of western style of diseases. Women who eat lot of fat laden food, less cereals, pulses, tend to suffer from high chances of developing breast cancer. We have to be little bit careful in pointing out that the baby boomers and aging population are the reason for more cases of cancers in the world today. The other reason often cited by authorities is the improved and more modern technology and equipments helping in frequent diagnoses of cancer cases. But there are few realistic and practical healthcare workers on this planet who put more emphasis on our lifestyle changes and nutrition. The cases of cancers are increasing because more and more asian men and women swithcing to western style nutrition and diet. The widespread use of pops, cocacolas, energy drinks, fat and sugar laden diets, high salt contents of french fries, and low intake of fruits and vegetables increasing development of various forms of cancers in the general population. The time is ripe to go back to fundamentals of healthy eating and living which will definately help in prevention of degenerative dieseases. I HOPE THAT I HAVE MADE A STRONG CASE FOR HEALTHY EATING AND SIMPLE LIVING. AFTER ALL "WE ARE WHAT WE EAT".

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