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Spreading Awareness, Fighting Against Breast Cancer

The estimated number of Breast Cancer cases in 2018 in India was 1,59,924. In 2018, breast cancer prevalence across India revealed significant regional variations, with Uttar Pradesh leading the statistics at 15.12% of total cases. Maharashtra followed closely at 10.23%, while West Bengal, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu registered percentages of 7.64%, 7.11%, and 6.42%, respectively.

Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Rajasthan also demonstrated noteworthy figures, contributing to the national landscape with percentages ranging from 5.30% to 5.88%. These statistics underscore the importance of understanding the geographical distribution of breast cancer cases, shedding light on the diverse healthcare challenges faced by different states in combating this prevalent health concern.

As per the Globocan data 2020, in India, BC accounted for 13.5% of all cancer cases and 10.6% of all deaths

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Preventive Measures To Avoid Breast Cancer

Many factors over the course of a lifetime can influence your breast cancer risk. You can’t change some factors, such as getting older or your family history, but you can help lower your risk of breast cancer by taking care of your health in the following ways

  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active.
  • Choose not to drink alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation.
  • If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
  • Breastfeed your children, if possible.
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risk.
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Tests and Screenings for Early Detection

Regular Self-Examinations: Though breast self-examination is not accepted as an early detection method for Breast Cancer, this technique, if used diligently and skillfully, can serve as a useful adjunct to making the woman aware of her normal breast

Mammograms and Screenings: A recent study from Mumbai has reported that clinical breast examination conducted every 2 years by primary health workers significantly downstaged breast cancer at diagnosis and led to a nonsignificant 15% reduction in breast cancer mortality overall

Ultrasonography : Ultrasonography has an overall sensitivity of 53% to 67% and specificity of 89% to 99% and might be particularly helpful in younger women (aged 40 to 49 years)

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Who is at Risk?

While the risk of breast cancer increases steadily with age, it’s important to note that the vast majority of women diagnosed are over 40. At age 20, the chances of being diagnosed are incredibly low at 0.1%, and the risk of dying from it is even lower. This risk gradually increases, reaching 2.4% for diagnosis and 0.3% for death by age 50. The starkest rise occurs after 60, with diagnosis risk jumping to 3.5% and death risk to 0.5%. While lifetime risk reaches 12.8% for diagnosis and 2.6% for death, it’s crucial to remember that early detection and improved treatments contribute significantly to positive outcomes. This information should not be used to replace regular screenings and consultations with healthcare professionals.

Leading Hospitals for Breast Cancer Treatments in India

Tata Memorial Hospital 

Helpline Number : – +91-22- 24177000, 24177300, 24161413

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital

Helpline Number: 1800 3000 3333

Artemis Hospitals

Helpline Number : +91-124 4511 111

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