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More than half of breast cancer cases detected in Telangana are at late stage: ICMR, NCDIR report

A Raju, Hyderabad
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

A latest study report released by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) has revealed that more than half of breast cancer cases in Telangana state are detected at late stage, which is a cause of big concern.
According to Dr Sadashivudu, head of medical oncology, at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, the menace of breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancers affecting women in Telangana. As many as 35 per cent of cancer cases detected in Telangana are of breast cancer and 60 per cent of these cases are found to be detected at late stage, which is a matter of grave concern.

As per the State Cancer Fact Sheet report of Telangana released by ICMR and NCDIR, the state is expected to witness 12 per cent new cases every year, which will account to 47,620 cancer cases in 2020 to 53,565 in 2025.

“Identification of breast cancer cases at late stage is more concerning in Telangana as per the new report. This will lead to spread of the disease from the localized to locoregional areas where the cancer will spread beyond the breast to armpits region,” observed Dr Sadashivudu.

The fact sheet report of Telangana state further reveals that one in seven women below the age of 74 are likely to develop cancer as against one in nine men in the same age group.

The leading cause of cancer in women is breast cancer with 35.5 per cent of the relative population affected with it. In males, the most common cancer is mouth cancer affecting 13.3 per cent, followed by lung cancer affecting 10.9 per cent of the population.

The NIMS oncology head further explains that there are three stages of cancer which includes the starting stage from localized and reaches to second stage of locoregional stage and then reaches to the most complex stage of distant metastasis stage.

“If the patient comes in the localized stage with treatment and intervention, the cancer is treatable and could also be curable, but what we are finding is that majority cases that come to the hospital are in the final stage which accounts to 60 per cent cases and only about 32 per cent cases are detected in the early stage,” observed the oncology expert.


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