Incidence of breast cancer in Guwahati
Cities in Assam have a surprisingly high numbers of breast cancers occuring in younger women, compared to rest of India. See the age distribution in the following graph and you would understand the picture.
Breast cancer is more common in the younger age group and 68.8% of all women suffering from breast cancer in Guwahati 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. All this is evident in the official HBCR chart shown below, which shows the age distribution of breast cancer in various cities.