Published On : Wed, Feb 4th, 2015

Oral cancer reaches alarming proportions in Nagpur

sdfsdToday is world cancer day and there is alarming news for Nagpur – both men and women. According to a study done by Indus Health plus, a leading Indian Company in preventive health care these are the findings:

A recent Abnormality Report put together by Indus Health Plus, and their delivery partner Nagpur Scan Centre, has revealed that almost 28% of females in Nagpur are suffering with breast cancer followed by cervical cancer. Late marriage and delayed child-bearing for women has increased breast cancer risk. 13-14% of women detected with cancer symptoms were from the urban area.  Maximum numbers of cancer cases were observed in the age bracket of 35 – 45 years. Younger generation from the age group of 25-30yrs both males and females are also under equal risk of cancer in Nagpur.

While both men and women reported abnormalities in their abdomen which could be the risk of cancer, males in the age group of 45-50yrs are at a higher risk of prostate cancer. 25-30% of this age group was not aware of the silent symptoms of prostate cancer and mistook it as ageing symptoms.

We are all aware that chewing pan, tobacco and smoking are all very popular among Nagpur men, specially youngsters. But are we aware of the repercussions?

With more than 55-60% of males in the age group of 35-45yrs who have the habit of smoking and consuming tobacco are at the risk of mouth cancer. 30-35% of them were found with chest disorders which were abnormality indicators for lung cancer. The number of smokers amongst females apparently has increased in females (30-40yrs) both urban and semi urban part of Nagpur. The risk of mouth cancer has increased by 3% as compared to last year’s report.

Mr. Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus said, “Stomach and lung cancer are on rise in India. Oral cancer is rising amongst men and breast cancer is affecting younger women in the age group of early 30’s. The abnormality report indicates that most of the cases are a result of negligence towards one’s health & lack of knowledge about the disease”
“In India, 70 per cent lives are snuffed out in the first year, due to late detection of cancer. 80 per cent patients consult doctors at a stage when recovery is rare. Therefore it is necessary to generate

awareness on cancer and its prevention to fight the malady. Preventive check-up and early detection helps in effective treatment and also increases life expectancy” added Mr.Naikawadi.

Experts are of the opinion that 70-80% of cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage when treatment becomes extensive and prognosis poor. Early detection not only saves life but also a lot of money, mental ordeal & physical trauma of the patient and the family.

The only way to detect cancer early is to go to a Doctor at the earliest signs of any symptoms or any abnormality or infections that don’t seem to be getting controlled within 10 to 15 days.