The importance of early detection of cancer

According to World Health Organization (WHO), in 2018, 1.16 million people have been recognized newly as cancer patients in India and 7 lakh Eighty Four Thousand Eight hundred persons have died among them. Age is one of the risk factor of cancer. 6 percent of the above sixty five have been attacked by cancer in our country. The specialists fear that this rate will be increased to 15.9 percent in 2050. The risk of Prostate Cancer, Breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer are more to the senior citizen. Risk of cancer is 11 times more to the above 65 than young persons. But the disease has been diagnosed and treatment starts quickly if the primary symptoms are known. In that case one may survive and spend quality life resisting the cancer. In this background, the cancer specialists of Narayana Super specialty Hospital Howrah have organized this press conference for mass awareness.

Dr. Chandrakanth MV, HOD of Cancer Department of the Hospital,, Dr. Vivek Agarwala Medical Director, Dr. Neha Choudhury, Breast Surgeon & surgical oncologist and renowned oncologists of the country have been graced the meet along with the other doctors and cancer survivors. Most of us know that one may survive from Cancer if it is detected and treated at primary stage. Still it is a fact that in the beginning, the symptoms of the various cancers are so common that the people cannot trust to these as this dreadful disease. In this respect, Dr. Chandrkant has explained the primary symptoms. If some apparently have general sufferings like change of voice or dry cough (PS of lung cancer) or painless lump of breast (the beginning of breast cancer) persist more than one and half month and cannot be cured by conservative treatments, then one should take advise of a cancer specialist. Number of cancer patients increase daily throughout the world due to change of lifestyle & food habit, increase of average life span, use of junk food, and many other reasons.

Dr. Vivek Agarwal has said that we should aware to these. If we quit some bad habits like smoking or chewing of tobacco, and start some good one like balanced diet, breast feeding etc, then cancer may be resisted to some extents. Dr. Neha Choudhury has called the new cancer patients to be steady and fearless. They should trust to the newly invented therapy and medicines. It is true that the survival rate increases day by day due to these new treatments. In this event, the present survivors describe their experiences to encourage the cancer patients.

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