BREAST CANCER INDIA

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STATISTICS OF BREAST CANCER IN INDIA: CHANDIGARH


Incidence of breast cancer in Chandigarh

I do not have the official numbers from Chandigarh, but just a common statistic that breast cancer is the commonest cancer in women in Chandigarh. We do have a graph of the age distribution, though and following is the same:

A few decades back:

  • Almost 65% to 70% of women suffering from breast cancer were above 50 years

  • Only 30 to 35% women were below fifty years of age.

However, presently, breast cancer is more common in the younger age group and 49.1% of all women suffering from breast cancer in Chandigarh are below 50 years of age. A significant number of patients are below 30 years. The reason is NOT that few decades back, it was not detected earlier and now it is being detected earlier. The reason IS that there has been a very genuine rise in the incidence of breast cancer in younger women. Please understand that breast cancer is increasing even in the older population; it is just that the increase in younger population is more than that in the older population; maybe because of the predominant young population in India.



What do I learn from these statistics?

The answer is very evident.

  • We are witnessing breast cancer in much younger ages than earlier

  • The numbers of breast cancer cases in all age groups is rising rapidly

  • More than half the patients still present to doctors in advanced stages

  • Breast cancers in the young tend to be more aggressive than cancers in the older population, and survival in younger patients, especially in advanced stages, is lesser.

So the NEED OF THE HOUR is breast awareness, begining from 20 years of age, and regular screening from a qualified doctor, so that we can detect the cancer early and treat it in earlier stages thereby giving a chance of longer life for the patient as also decreasing the chance of a recurrence.